Children of Peace
“Peace from above” - Amani ya Juu
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34: 13-14 (NIV)
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Amos 5:24 (NIV)
It has been a tragic couple of weeks of deadly confrontation. We have been drawn into debates with complicated choices. What do we all want? Where is the common ground? Where is the path of healing? The answers are unclear from our media driven culture. The answers are unclear in our violent responses.
If we believe the psalmist, it starts within each of us speaking the truth that moves us to “seeking”! We have seen examples of this reconciliation in the context of truth telling. We have come to understand our interconnectedness in the concept of “Ubuntu”! We have been forgiven and have a mission of healing that comes from our deepest beliefs and longings for peace and justice.
Today, let us look for those “connections” that are the basis of conversation and see our conversation as an opportunity and a gift. We can have healing, if we live generously out of those relationships. It is a divine promise!
Battle, M. (2009). Ubuntu: I in you and you in me. Seabury Books.
Hage, M. L. (2012). Healing and Violence. Retrieved from http://healingagents.blogspot.com/2012/12/healing-and-violence.html
Tutu, D., & Tutu, M. (2014). The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne