Hello St. Mark's Community and Friends,
In the beloved old hymn, we sing "I've got peace like a river in my soul." We also sing about, "Peace, perfect peace, in this dark word of sin." Our Bible and our hymns have lots to say about peace on earth (andlet it begin with me...).
I am reflecting on this call to peace as we celebrate Memorial Day and as this world is worshiping violence and anger so much more than peace. In the U.S. we are alienating each other over things like race and creed and political affiliation. The Holy Land is becoming a bombed out shell of itself. Immigrants are leaving their homelands to seek a better life but are dying on the journey. Children are struggling for basic resources.
We have been appointed stewards of this God-given creation, and we are struggling. We are struggling to live in harmony. We are struggling to listen to each other. We are failing to promote peace.
We pray for peace for our nation and the world, we pray for healing, and we pray for courage to act based upon our faith in the Most High God. This God calls us to mercy, to forgiveness, to understanding, and to service. This God calls us to share our resources with all of God's children. This God uses you and me to make a difference.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with YOU. And me.