Peace: Keeping or Making?
Above my mantel sits a word. A reminder. A prayer.
For awhile it was a reminder that Jesus said not to let our hearts be troubled. The word was a prayer for MY soul to be at peace in the midst of trouble and uncertainty. Most days, the mystery of this peace fills me, because God cares and loves and is.
Peace for myself is not enough though.
Jesus also said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Peacemaking, I have learned, is not the same as peacekeeping. Peacekeeping is an act of preserving peace. If there is no peace to begin with, how can it be preserved? Often those who are seen as peacekeepers avoid conflict and any disagreement that would disrupt (real or perceived) harmony between people.
Peacemaking involves recognition of conflict and sincere effort to find resolution. Peacemakers see that there is not yet peace for all. They challenge the injustices that stand in the way of peace.
Finding the conflict and injustice is not hard to do. Challenging the injustice, being a peacemaker, is not an easy response, but it certainly seems like it should be the response of one who is trying to love God and love others.
“…there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.”