Peace is certainly something we can want and pray for in our world. There is much unrest and violence that disrupts the peace of humanity. We can work to settle disputes and discourage violence, but perhaps peace starts closer to home.
Perhaps peace in our world begins with peace in our own lives. We each have places of unrest, and perhaps if we work for peace here, inside our lives, we might be able to know more of God’s peace in the world.next >
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Luke 21:25-28next >
There are so many different ideas about how the world will end. But I do not think that's the point. We are not so much supposed to be concerned with the end of the world, or even the end of our lives, but rather the living of our lives.
I think we are called to listen and seek to understand what is going on in the world around us and work with God to bring about God’s kingdom. I think this means that we seek to forgive, to understand, to respect, and to share. When we do these things, Christ is revealed in the gift of peace, and it does cause a reaction.
Andrew Kellnernext >
God help me to see the needs of others around me. Help me to know those needs which I can fulfill. Help me to fulfill them and make your peace known. Amen.next >
Pray for peace…
Accept God’s peace…
Go and be God’s peace in the world.
Andrew Kellner serves as the canon for family and young adult ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He is a student at the General Theological Seminary in New York, New York. Andrew founded City Camp in 2009 to offer an urban camping and mission experience to high school youth groups.
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