The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Peace I leave with you, my
peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your
hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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who has not experienced heaven's peace cannot know what the peace is
that angels enjoy...I can describe it, but not in words as it really is,
because human words are not adequate. Using words, I can only describe
what it is like compared to that peace of mind that people have who are
content in God.
First, we need to say where peace comes from. Divine peace is within the Lord, arising from the oneness of his divine nature and the divine human nature within him. The divine quality of peace in heaven comes from the Lord, arising from his union with heaven's angels, and specifically from the union of the good and the true within each angel. These are the sources of peace. We may therefore conclude that peace in the heavens is the divine nature intimately affecting everything good there with blessedness. So it is the source of all the joy in heaven. In its essence, it is the divine joy of the Lord's divine love, arising from his union with heaven and with every individual there. This joy perceived by the Lord in the angels and by the angels from the Lord is peace. It flows down from there to provide angels with everything that is blessed and delightful and happy - what is called "heavenly joy."
Swedenborg, Heaven and Hell, n.284/286
There Be Peace on Earth
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