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.
“Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good,
from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.
Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us if it is compared with its opposite. Now the opposite of beatitude is misery. ~~St. Gregory of Nyssa
I have been doing a study of the eight beatitudes and I am going to take each of them one at a time and hopefully relay what each one means to me and in the long run how I can adopt these 8 “be-atitudes” to my day to day life. I have found they are very, very relevant today in our fast paced, go go go go society.
So here goes…..
The first one is… “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
This always confused me. Thinking that being poor in Spirit means being lack-luster in your faith. Actually the more I looked into being poor in spirit the conclusion was..”Poor in spirit” means to be humble and to be one with humility.
There is another word I was always confused by “humility” I always was lead to believe that humility is subjecting yourself to be humiliated. Oh how wrong I had been.
Humility is the realization that all your gifts and blessings come from the grace of God. To have poverty of spirit means to be completely empty and open to God and His will for us. When we are an empty cup and devoid of pride, we are humble. Humility brings an openness and an inner peace, allowing one to do the will of God. When we humble ourselves then we are able to accept our frail, fallible and imperfect nature~~to repent, be convicted and allow the grace of God to lead us to the real truth and it allows us to do what is right in God’s eyes not in our own eyes.
Humility is a hard one. When we do a good job, we do want praise and someone saying “good job” which is not a bad thing to want praise and recognition. Being truly humble to me means to attribute all that I have…. all that I have done… and all that I am going to do~~ to God and all the glory belongs to God!!
This keeps me humble and this attitude will lead me to the rewards God has for me.
Next post will be ……“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
I know some things about mourning so that should be a very interesting study.
I love when I can take the time to read the blogs I follow.
It makes me realize how much talent is out there in the “blogosphere”. The talent takes me to different worlds and viewpoints. Some make me think, some make me smile, some make me cry. They all move me in some way. I picture each one of them sitting at their computers and writing the words that allow me into their worlds.
one of those blogs is my daughter’s. She is not known for calling or emailing or staying in touch. When I hear from her it is a rare and truly treasured time. Her blog allows me a small glimpse into her world. She is creative, smart, and truly her own person. I miss her so much but I know this time in her life is busy with work, friends and her interests. Mom is not first and foremost in her mind. It makes me a bit sad, and yet I know this is normal when your children become adults. *(however much I want to think of them as children still)
I have a tendency to be scattered in my thought life. My own blog goes from deep to shallow in a matter of seconds……. such is my life. I am scattered yet focused. A paradox of traits. I wish I had eloquent ways of expressing my thoughts when I speak them, but when I speak it comes out scattered. Taking the time to write the thoughts always seemed easier to me. When I write…….even just a little bit…… I feel my emotions and my thoughts escaping from my head and onto the page… and it frees up some of the cluttered space in my brain.
But just as I let out those thoughts… more cascade in. I am better at meditating now, but believe me when I say it was not an easy practice to learn. My mind very rarely is not in motion and it seems I am always thinking thoughts.
I am not sure if this is a gift or a curse. I want to thank all those who share the thoughts, ideas, poetry and everyday occurrences of your lives so that I can glimpses into them.