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People of peace

-Pastor Dorothy Ann Webster

   It seems all too familiar, doesn’t it? The news splashed across social media, the television networks, the newspapers, and sounded over the airwaves: another shooting at a school, a church, or another public gathering place; another act of violence by car, truck or explosive device. People killed. Others wounded. Lives torn apart in ways that will forever change the fabric of life. 
 
  While pundits will talk about where to place the blame, there really is no acceptable excuse. As people of faith, we are called to make a difference in our world. We do that in a number of ways.
 
We pray for God’s healing and peace in our world. We pray for all those directly and indirectly effected by the violence. We ask God to guide our steps in being people of peace.
 
We teach our children, one another, and our neighbors what it means to be “peacemakers” by the way we live our lives and conduct our business.
 
We surround the students, faculty and staff of our schools with our support. We find ways to listen, and opportunities to express care.
 
We treat all persons we meet with the kind of care we would give Jesus.  We do not know what those folks are dealing with in their lives. A kindness from us could change their perspective. 
 
We work for avenues that provide counseling and that teach conflict resolution. 
 
We are intentional about inviting others to join us in church. No one needs to feel isolated in this world.
 
We support appropriate boundaries in our communities and our nation that provide safe environments.
 
  We look out for the welfare of all.

  Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. But the point is, we can all do something. We can all be salt and light in our world, offering an alternative to violence. Violence is not the answer. God’s love is. And we can all find ways to actively shine Christ’s love and light in the world, thereby offering hope.

   Let us be people of peace.
 
 
 
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