Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”(Matthew 5:9 NRSV)

  • What is peace?
  • Why does it seem there is so little “peace” in our lives and in our world?
  • How does one go about “making peace”? 

I consider “peace” a core value in my life and I want to be a "peacemaker."  But I'm not sure I fill that role very well.  I would describe myself as a pacifist, but I am the first to admit that I don’t know how to respond appropriately to terrorism, injustice, human rights violations and unprovoked attacks. I have a passion for helping people grow in their relationships with God and others, but I am not always the easiest person to get along with and can start an argument in no time. I take offense, can hold a grudge, and have unrealistic expectations of myself and others. Not exactly the model “peacemaker.”

Even so, I feel a tug on my heart to hear Jesus say “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I want to make to peace. I don’t want to read about the lives of children in war-torn countries. I don’t want to see photos of refugee camps and people starving and dying because of conflicts. I don’t want to hear about another young person lost due to youth violence. I don’t want to know someone who encounters a bully every day.

So when I saw this link to something called a Millions Minutes for Peace I clicked on it immediately. I found that on September 21, three teens will deliver thousands of signatures to the United Nations - signatures of those who have signed a pledge to take one minute to pray for peace on that day.   Listen to the youth of our world by watching this video.

 

Can one minute of prayer for peace make a difference in our world?  Can we "make peace"?  I think we can.  Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and isn't it cool that through this amazing thing called technology, we can join thousands of people around the world to be peacemakers for one minute?  I think one minute of praying for peace may turn into several minutes of peace.  And the one thing I do know is this:  when I'm praying for peace that's one minute I'm not destroying peace.

Won't you join me signing this pledge for peace? 

Vikki

 

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