Tranquility Base – Good News for August 29

29 08 2009

St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians 4:9-11

Brothers and sisters,

On the subject of fraternal charity you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more, and to aspire to live a tranquil life, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you.

The Daily Path: When Apollo 11 landed on the moon some 40 years ago, the lunar module touched down in the Sea of Tranquility. The days leading up to that landing, and especially the moments before touchdown on the lunar surface, were far from tranquil. A nation watched with great anxiety wondering if the tiny spacecraft would land safely. I’m sure that at NASA’s Houston Control Center, where every detail of the mission was being micro-managed, the stress level must have been off the charts. All in all, the event was anything but peaceful.

Yet imagine when Neil Armstrong and Buz Aldrin stepped out of the landing module to surface of the Moon and its absolute stillness. There couldn’t be a more tranquil place in the universe.

Our lives can often feel like a space mission. Danger. Anxiety. Problems. Chaos. Fear. They lurk everywhere waiting to pounce on us.

Yet, I have found the one place of tranquility that truly exists in our life on earth. That place  is with God. For me, living a tranquil life is to bring Christ into my heart and mind. It’s in those moments when I consciously reach out to Him that if feel at peace. He is my Tranquility Base.