If you switch on the news, read a headline, buy a newspaper, or even just open your Twitter feed, there is always one thing missing. Peace. It is essentially understood that we are living in a world that is lacking peace nearly everywhere. I guess it’s fair to say that there are different levels of this ‘un-peace,’ but nonetheless, peace seems to be missing.
I was given a glorious call-to-action last night at church. During the homily, the officiant said that the Gospel (John 20:19-31) demands peace to be received, acknowledged, and shared. He gave the congregation two concrete steps: accept the peace that God has given us, even if it means searching the depth of our being to find it – (it is there) – and secondly, to bear that to our world in need. He demanded that we work earnestly to not only work to maintain the peace of God in our own lives, but also strive to share that with those we come in contact with.
This is not an easy task! Perhaps it’s because the world seems so broken, the thought of being responsible to bring peace to it is daunting. But the kicker is this: the peace of GOD is what we’re talking about – that immediately means that the power of God comes along with it. The peace of God can do extraordinary things, and so we need not doubt it. We must focus, rather, on seeking it and never letting it go.
We need to remember that when we find God’s peace, we make small changes in our lives to utilize that power within us. It may not feel like we’re doing a whole lot, but the work is great indeed. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
I think that this notion of being peace-bearers to the world is important to keep in our hearts and minds as we discern the call that God has for our lives. No matter how old you are, what stage of life you are in – it doesn’t matter. We, as peace-bearers, can make a world of difference.
This quote is one that fits perfectly today: “If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people – people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” – Joanna R. Macy
Verse for the day: “He touched me with his right hand and said, ‘Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.” – Revelations 1:17