Peace offerings are outlined in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Leviticus, Chapter 3, as part of the Jewish Law. Interestingly, biblical commentators make one universal distinction about peace offerings: they must be given freely.
A peace offering was a spontaneous gift to the Temple Priests because of gratitude. Something good came to the giver and the giver was moved to show his or her gratitude.
This is similar to the Passing of the Peace or Kiss of Peace used nowadays in Christian churches.
The words are …
Peace be unto you.
The response is …
And also with you.
Over the years, I began to use this principle to offer peace to those I saw who lacked it.
When I notice people who are frustrated, sad, blue or in other difficulties of the human condition, I speak these words silently to them …
I offer you my peace.
These words are a variation on some alleged to Jesus of Nazareth from the Book of John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
My peace may not be much but it’s more than I’m seeing in the moment, and it always, always calms the situation when someone offers peace.Tags: distinctions, emotional growth, emotions, freedom, peace, peace offering, Spiritual Alignment, spiritual practice
About Susan Corso, DD
Susan’s expertise in spiritual guidance complements the physical and emotional healing aspects that her fellow practitioners offer to patients in order for them to achieve whole health. An ordained minister with a doctorate in divinity, Susan calls herself an omnifaith minister – one who works with a myriad of people, no matter their spiritual beliefs. As a healer, Susan views her service as offering a reflection of the aspects of people of which they may not be conscious. Through her spiritual guidance, she is able to look past the presenting problem and discover a person’s root question. In uncovering these questions and patterns, Susan helps people hear themselves, and then make the detailed changes necessary to achieve spiritual health and their highest good.
As an already accomplished public speaker, published author, and writer with a wonderful presence on the blogosphere, Susan is truly a lifelong student. She identifies peace as her mission in life, and refers to herself as an “inner peace activist.” Through both her professional and personal life, she believes in making peace wherever she is, and encouraging others to do the same. In her life and in her work, Susan works towards this personal peace, with the intent that harmony in the world will happen when enough people make a commitment to their own inner peace. While peace and stillness are incredibly important to Susan, she is also passionate about the theatre. Having received her BA in Theatre and Art from Smith College, Susan has an extensive background in the arts. Much like her own transformational work as a spiritual guide, Susan believes that the theatre also has the power to change people’s lives. Susan is the author of The Mex Books, a fiction ebook series about an intuitive investigator.View all posts by Susan Corso, DD →