Jesus declared: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Clearly, Jesus is extending his blessing on all who would take on the hard work of peacemaking.
But what does making peace look like in our world today? Maybe the following story involving our 5-year-old granddaughter Reese will serve as a starting point.
BLESSING for your SOUL
Like many of you, I fly Southwest Airlines quite a bit. Before a recent flight from Denver, an unusual thing happened just before we pushed back from the gate. The pilot pops out of the cockpit, takes the microphone, and had a talk with all of us seated in this jam-packed flight.
Whenever someone writes or speaks on a subject I always want to know what their roots are—where they came from and what their life experiences have been. If someone is writing about the complex issue of poverty, for example, I wonder if he/she has ever truly been poor and has experienced what it means to scratch out a living. Or if someone is speaking on the influences of wealth (positive or negative) I wonder if he/she has ever truly struggled with this via personal experience.
Earlier this month my wife did something that she has learned not to do except in rare situations—follow me. In this case she really had no choice as she was driving our car while following the rental truck I was driving full of our stuff. The journey from Livermore to Minneapolis via Hwy 80 is about 2000 miles, and if you like tumbleweed and corn fields I recommend you drive it sometime.