The Peace that Passeth Understanding

There’s all kinds of trouble in our world these days – so much needless suffering for so many people, so much ongoing destruction of Nature, you name it. Even when I’m not thinking directly about it, it’s there and I feel it. And there’s another layer of suffering that the mind adds when it chimes in with all sorts of judgments, thoughts, worries, and fantasies.

And there is also something deeper, a place where everything is all right, the deep place where we all join, and all is healed. I am grateful when I can spend some time in that deeper place. Here is a song that points in that direction.

https://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/the-peace-that-passeth-understanding

The Peace that Passeth Understanding

The clash of metal, the grinding of gears                              Gm        Bb
The bitter weight of the flying years                                       C          Gm
The angry sentinels at the gate                                             Gm        Bb
The armies of war and the legions of hate                             F          Gm

Fevers rising and tempers lost
The bottom line no matter the cost
Ashes and smoke in a clear blue sky
Bombs and tanks and children die

And beneath it all, the peace that passeth understanding              F       C      Gm
Can you hear the call, the peace that passeth understanding        F       C      Gm

Time to move, no time to waste
Trouble’s a-coming, better make haste
Over the hill and under the gun
Get a move on and get it done

Another judgment and another test
Who is worst and who is best
Which one’s right and which one’s wrong
If you’re weak watch out for the strong

And beneath it all, the peace that passeth understanding
Can you hear the call, the peace that passeth understanding
Right next door, the peace that passeth understanding
You’ve known it before, the peace that passeth understanding

So many thoughts, so little time
So many voices in my mind
So many plans and decisions to make
So many choices and roads to take

Here’s a feeling and here’s a thought
Here’s a problem and my mind is caught
A wild hope and another worry
Gotta run ‘cause I’m in a hurry

And beneath it all, the peace that passeth understanding
Can you hear the call, the peace that passeth understanding
Right next door, the peace that passeth understanding
You’ve known it before, the peace that passeth understanding

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One thought on “The Peace that Passeth Understanding

  1. HI Scott, thanks for post on my blog. I had been planning to visit here for a while…and that was my nudge. I’ve told my kids we are going to play music for ten min a day (even if it means they just have to listen to me play)…band camp and your blog will be our next resource PS
    “Gotta run cause I’m in a hurry!”

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