My late husband was definitely a man of God and an instrument of God’s peace. In 1968, after Martin Luther King was murdered and rioters in Washington, DC came out to protest and loot, he took to the streets and worked with the churches to help bring some calm and sanity to the situation. Throughout our married life, he frequently stepped in to contentious situations and tried to get both sides, if not to come to an agreement, to at least come to the table to discuss the issues.
One of his favorite sayings was “Always do the right thing” – he would go on to say that it might not be easy, but it is always right. And that legacy of being instruments of God’s peace” has been passed down to me, his children and many of the young people he mentored over the years. I often have to ask myself, “do I really want to do what’s right? It would be so much easier to do something else”.
But his voice remains in my head, and my son and daughter confess that they often have to ask themselves the same question.
We can each be an instrument of God’s peace by always considering both sides of any situation, and by always choosing to do what is right rather than what is easy. We can each bring peace to situations in our homes, in the workplace and even in our places of worship. Always reach out to others in peace, understanding and friendship – not with judgement or criticism. Remember, “the peace of God passes all understanding”.
May God’s love and peace be with us all during this Lenten season as we contemplate the true “reason for the season”. In His love.
Submitted by Kellene
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