Dec 11 2012

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE INFANT’S MESSAGE OF PEACE

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-infants-message-of-peace.html

If we are to be truly peacemakers, I think we must move beyond the notion of peace as the absence of conflict… Peace has to do with the fullness of things, with lion and lamb lying down together, not a world without lions.  If we are to have hearts capable of the peace of Christ, which does indeed pass all understanding, we must have hearts capable of embracing the joy and the sorrow, the sacredness and the sin of the world…

The infant in the manger at Bethlehem comes with a message of peace, an announcement that all sad divisions, all the irreconcilable pieces of our public and private lives will be brought together in the celebration of "shalom" -- God's blessing, God's peace.  This will not, I think, occur when conflict has ceased.  For creative conflict is a necessary component of growth.  Rather, peace will reign when our forgiveness of self and others is wide and deep enough to create new possibilities and, without the use of violence, to transform our seeming impasses into new freedoms and joys. 

-- Wendy M. Wright in The Vigil: Keeping Watch in the Season of Christ's Coming(Nashville, Tenn.: Upper Room Books, 1992)


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Rev. Dave Wilkinson

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