“Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
If we wait until we have complete peace in our own lives, meaning absolute wholeness in our relationship with God, with ourselves, and with others, to work for peace in our families, in our churches, in our communities, in our nation, and in our world, then we won’t work for peace until we get to heaven and the effort would then be, to say the least, superfluous.
So God, thank you for the peace that you have brought about in our lives, in process though it may be.
Help us, God, to go in the peace that we do have to work for peace prayerfully and faithfully—to work for increased wholeness and soundness in the hearts, lives, and relationships of everybody we can, and especially of the person or people in whose presence we happen to be at the moment.
To be peacemakers is to bear a strong family resemblance to our brother Jesus who was and is, after all, the Prince of Peace.
Help us to look, through our efforts at bringing about peace, more and more like your children every day.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).