Friday, April 18, 2014

Sharing peace

A weekend retreat in which I participated last weekend caused me to reflect on peace—peace among nations, peace in the hearts of world leaders, peace in our churches and mosques and synagogues, peace in our hearts, peace in our communities, peace between groups who see things very differently. Peace everywhere. What a lovely thought.

So, I wondered, if we really are to be the change we seek, what would that mean?

I thought about the Lutheran faith in which I was raised and in which I spent nearly all my years thus far. Part of the Lutheran worship experience includes what's called "sharing the peace" or "passing the peace." During that time, worshippers greet each other saying, "The peace of the Lord be with you" (or something similar). But what if "sharing the peace" or "passing the peace" meant something far more than what's done within the context of the worship service itself? What if it really were something I/we carried out into the world?

How might my life be different if I really shared the peace? What might change if I passed on the peace I already had nurtured in my heart? How might my relationships be different? My community? Our world?

What do you think?

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