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. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2008