Blessed are the peacemakers
for they shall be called children of God
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me~~ One of my favorite prayers is the prayer of St. Francis. In it there is a reaction to the injustices that I am sure all of us have had to deal with. Being a “peacemaker” can be very hard. I have learned in my life that if I have an opinion or a mindset there will also be either an equal viewpoint but mostly an opposing opinion.
I never really liked to be in debate about how I believe. In my heart, I have always been one to allow others their opinion and to make their point in honest and productive debates. I thought I was a peacemaker, but in fact I was just someone who did not want to argue and I was the one with the question….. “why can’t we all just get along” I am still of that mindset.
As I look at this beatitude, where it says “they will be children of God”. I have found in my life, that children do pick up many of their parents traits, good & Bad. In my faith my God has nothing but good to give His children. Thus, as a child of God we are emulating His Godly nature to do good and be good, being a representation of God.
Being a peacemaker is learning, as my photo before my post says, “In your garden of thought cultivate harmony” I would have just that picture to conclude my post. It really is very simple to cultivate harmony. Harmony is peace with cooperation. Harmony is blending together the whole of the music. Sometimes the harmony is a bit off, but with practice and cooperation the orchestra can blend many different instruments and vocal qualities to be “in harmony” and in turn a beautiful harmonic blend of all the differences. Celebrating all the different ideas in a cohesive tapestry of love and respect for each and every voice that is to be heard.
Being a peacemaker and one that cultivates harmony can be a challenge. When people hate it is very hard to cultivate love and not counteract with more hate. When someone injures your spirit it is hard to forgive them the hurt and not hurt them back. It is hard to become stronger in your faith when all the signs around you make you doubt. When someone who experiences despair it is very hard to cultivate hope. Experience darkness counteract with light~~ Sadness with joy. It takes practice and diligence.
It is something we have to work at. When we are being a peacemaker, we also have the additional benefit of peace in our hearts. When we cultivate that harmony ~~ our harvest will be full of peace and those around us will see that we are children of God, the ultimate peacemaker.