Journal of Riley Ross contd

July 18, 2006

            I, right now, have achieved a feeling of incredible peace in my body.  Perhaps it’s the fact that I have no headache, unlike last night.  Or maybe it’s the fact that because of all of the construction, and frustration to go along with it, I have reaffirmed my decision to pursue a college education.  I don’t know, I’m not sure why I’m so peaceful but I think its just some robust feeling of satisfaction.  Not so much content, but satisfied.  Content has a connotation of completion, which, on the second day, would just be wishful thinking.  Satisfaction seems to imply that, “I’m happy with what we’ve done and I like where we’re going.”  I like where we’re going because I’ve seen where we’ve been.  We are creating a place for a woman to shelter herself along with her hijos.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote that, “God’s peace is found with those who persevere.”  Looking at that phrase alone I think that it would be impossible to reach “God’s peace.”  I know that if the peace I’m feeling right now is a taste of God’s greater peace, I should never stop persevering, perpetually working to attain “God’s peace.”

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