A Higher Level of Peace

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our hearts are heavy. We have heard of the events of Fort Hood and the 13 dead and 30 wounded. We are a nation at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the loss of life overseas continues to mount.

The mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall was in the Denver metro this week. Perhaps you had the chance to spend some time with it. One of the sacred moments in my life was when I had the chance to spend some time at the Vietnam wall in Washington DC. To watch as individuals trace over paper and pull a name off the black granite, reminds you of the life each groove in that stone represents. In Matthew 5:4 Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” I did not know anyone who died in Vietnam, but I did grow up with Walter Cronkite giving me the scorecard of the dead each night. As I reflect upon that wall and as I pray for those who mourn I ask that the mysterious promise of Matthew 5:4 might be theirs.

That text also says that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9)”. I do not claim to know when war is right and when it is wrong, such knowledge supersedes my own. What I do know from friends who have served in the military is that few desire to be in combat or to kill. Those who serve are those who are willing to lay it all on the line to be “peacemakers” through military service.

In this week of Veterans Day, let us pause to lift up military and world leaders. May our prayers be with them. May God guide and protect them.

A good friend sent me a YouTube this week of Trace Adkins’ song “All I Ask for “.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-iFYrgxjUc

This video tugged at my heart and I think it may do the same to yours. In this video, Trace sings, “When I bow my head tonight, there will be no me, myself, and I…” How might the world change toward a higher level of peace if we all tried to follow such a line of prayer more often?

God Bless you this Veterans day.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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