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What exactly makes for peace and why should we pursue it? It’s such a simple word yet it seems to be one of the hardest things for us as humans to practice.

Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, whether it be personal or international. Christmas+PeacePeace is not simply tolerance of others, regardless of their beliefs, behavior, or attitudes.

In order to have peace on a grand scale, it is necessary to have peace on a personal level. Peace cannot be found in wealth. It cannot be found in power. It cannot be found in pleasure.

Our world is filled with miserable people who have tried to find peace in all of these things. True peace comes from our Creator. However, we each must seek it out.

Our world is filled with miserable Christians who thought that their Christian label would bring peace. We are not promised wealth. We are not promised power. We are not promised a life filled with pleasure. We are promised that the God, who created us and sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins, will give us peace in the midst of our surroundings.

Regardless of our position in life and the circumstances we find ourselves in, if we can look to God Almighty and truly say, “It Is Well With My Soul”, then we have found peace. May you and yours find peace!

Let us go a step further and think of the act of making peace, peacemaking! What is this?

Peacemaking is the act of nurturing a harmony between groups of people and between individuals. It all begins within, internally and with a basic hunger for peace and a basic assumption that others want peace as well. It grows from a humble suspicion that our very own perspective is limited and that there are truths that can be discovered if we each just stop and listen.

Peacemaking requires each of us to be flexible in our thought and individual beliefs as well as a willingness to see a multitude of sides of an issue. We must be able to see the situation of the other person or group of people.

Sounds simple does it not? No, not really as it takes a lot of thought and a lot of work. The greatest barrier to peacemaking is fear. Fear makes us see ourselves as victims or potential victims and blinds us to the harm that we ourselves have done or the threat we pose to others.

Embracing peacemaking doesn’t mean that we always avoid conflict, but we recognize its real costs and weigh those costs as if they would be borne by ourselves and our loved ones. Peacemaking is a journey as well as destination.

Goodnight and may God continue to bless each of you and all of those to whom you are or will ever be connected to!

Thine own wish, I wish each to thee!