Tranquility is not a word we hear used much which, perhaps, explains why we see so little of it. Tranquility is a “quality or state of being tranquil; peacefulness; quiet; serenity.”1 The Amish have a similar concept called gelassenheit and author Rosalind Lauer defines it as “the union of our inner spirit with our outer actions”.2 By that they mean a yieldedness or submission to the will of God which is taken from Luke 22:42. So tranquility/gelassenheit would be accepting life as it comes along and being content with it. Or, not getting what you want and being fine with it. It’s a mindset, a lifestyle that accepts and submits naturally to the sovereignty of God in every situation and every area of our lives.

In the Amish community communal values and wisdom normally trump individual values and wisdom with humility and obedience being the cornerstones of their culture. We Englishers (Non-Amish) pay a heavy price for our Ayn Rand-like glorification of the individual at the expense of the community and that price is the disintegration of our families, churches, communities, nation. To slightly alter the old English rule “I before E except after C”; Individual before Everyone diminishes Community . Since the Bible is a communal book about vertical and horizontal relationships, perhaps we should start erring on the side of community rather than individualism.

Just a thought.

Mason Swinney

2″A Simple Winter”


About menmourningmoments

I'm happily married, the Father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Death is all around us but somehow we've managed to distance ourselves from it. Men, Mourning, Moments is about how the death of my son awakened me to life & the desire to seize every moment as though it were my last. It's about making sense of life in the good times and bad and allowing GOD to carry me and teach me through the hard times in life.
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3 Responses to Tranquility 

  1. Roberta Swinney says:

    You are so insightful!! thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  2. robertdyson says:

    Well said. I read a quote by Keller yesterday that said ‘worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong’. I also like ‘no amount of worry can alter the future and no amount of regret can alter the past’.


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