The Peace of the Lord
by Moira Allen 13 June 2020
In 2013, while on a visit to my niece and family in New Zealand, we had a weekend away at Lake Tekapo. The Church of the Good Shepherd is on the shore of the lake, a popular place with visitors which I was keen to see. I entered as a small group was leaving and I sat down in the empty church to enjoy the wonderful view. As I focussed on that view, gradually every thing and every thought fell away from me and I began to feel a depth of peace and stillness such as I had never experienced, before or since.
I have seen many lovely churches and magnificent views, praised God and felt at peace, but that day, sitting in a plain, humble little church built for previous generations of sheepherders passing through, I felt God’s spirit and presence in a new way. I have no idea how long I sat there for (my family said quite some time when I re-joined them) but in spite of the many visitors around the church no-one walked on the path in front of the window during that time, or entered the church until I was leaving!
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