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There was a challenge given to the artist of a community. They were to enter a painting that represented peace.As the community began to look at the paintings, there was one that stood out from the rest that they were sure would win.It was a beautiful pastoral scene, a rolling green meadow, punctuated with beautiful colorful flowers, a deep blue sky with puffy white clouds, and a boy walking through the meadow headed for a brook with a fishing pole in his hand.That painting came in second.First place went to a painting that portrayed a storm.The sky was dark and angry and waves were crashing into a cliff, and lightning was flashing through the skies.At first the people thought, what does that painting have to do with peace?Yet on a closer observation, they saw a cleft in the rock, with a mother bird with her babies all nestled under her wings, and they were sleeping.Now that my friend is peace.Not absence from the storm, but peace in the middle of the storm.

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