“The world sees peace as the absence of pain, but Jesus offers solace despite our suffering.”

art by Yongsung Kim

An impenetrable fortress of peace—

You know those random visuals that your head comes up with that just stick? This is one for me. An impenetrable fortress of peace.

In the big things that come my way occasionally or in the small problems that come my way consistently—I want nothing to come between myself and peace. But MAN that is easier said than done.

So in the hard times of my day when I was stressed, I found myself chanting in my head: I am an impenetrable fortress of peace.

I was nursing my daughter and thinking about how I can build that fortress of peace. What are the building blocks?

And I felt the spirit whisper—

“You don’t need to build it. It’s already built. You just need to enter. Your impenetrable fortress of peace is the Savior.

I realized in that moment that I am not an impenetrable fortress of peace.

I just need to enter one.

What a beautiful, freeing change of perspective that was for me.

It meant I’m not looking for building supplies, 

✨I’m looking for doors.✨

Doors to peace. 

Doors to the Savior.

To me, those doors are light. Anything that brings light into our lives is a door to Christ—to our fortress of Peace.

Love. Service. Scriptures. Prayer. Repentance. Forgiveness. Patience.

Jesus’ job is peace.

Our job is to knock on doors. (Matt 7:7)

I was telling this analogy to my friend and she said,

✨”And once we find the doors, our job is to keep them open.✨

Yes. YES. Leave the door open. Bathe others with light. Welcome them into the peace.

In our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our country— we must “sue for peace, not only to the people that have smitten you, but also to all people;

“And lift up an ensign of peace.” (D&C 105:38-39)

Lift an ensign of peace.

Find the doors,

✨And leave them open,✨

That lead to the impenetrable fortress,

the Prince of peace.

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