First of all, I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve been out of town and couldn’t get a post done while I was gone.
I heard an interesting talk about peace on Sunday. The speaker said when he was little, his parents worked hard in the field. They would rest before dinner. He and his brothers would come home from school and raise a ruckus. His mother would get up and say, “For heaven’s sakes, we are tired. We need some peace and quiet.” So for a mother, peace can mean the absence of noise. I think we all agree that for the world, peace means an absence of war.
The speaker said that when Jesus said, “Peace be with you” He meant it as a wholeness. An absence of Him is an incompleteness.
The speaker went on to say that when we have conflict with others, it takes away from our wholeness. He said the way to fix this is for all parties to apologize for their part of the conflict, no matter how small. This can lead to completion.
I’ve contemplated this talk several times since Sunday. It seems so obvious. I hope that we can all (myself included) find a way to increase the size of our hearts to allow ourselves to recognize when we might be wrong.
An apology goes a long way towards making things right.
Something to think about.