To Make Peace Is A Choice
The heart that turns away from a soul in
need will forfeit its peace. How can a heart
remain unmoved by the troubles of another?
Peace is not passive in the face of trouble;
peace is a decision to reach out in a way
that propagates peace.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive
mercy... Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they will be called children of God." (Matthew 5.7,9)
A Means Of Peace
Peace is a great compassion,
When life spirals out of control:
A decisive reaction --
A shelter for the troubled soul.
Peace has the grace and means to reach,
A troubled soul in jeopardy;
To bear witness -- yet not to preach
An instrument of Christ's mercy.
To believe when all is in doubt,
To bring hope to depths of despair,
To love when love has been left out
All gifted with a gentle care.
To move beyond one's selfishness,
And relate to another's pain,
Fully present to hear and bless --
Is to make peace with mercy's rain.
Love one another as a friend:
Peace is the means; love is the end.
"Which of these three, do you think, was a
neighbor to the man who fell into the hands
of the robbers?' He said, 'The one who showed
him mercy.' Jesus said to him, 'Go and do
likewise.'" (Luke 10.36-37)
Lord, grant me the grace to be
a means of peace to those in need
that Your love may reign in our hearts.
(c) Paul Buis, 2008