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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 24, 2011

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 24, 2011 ********** Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Happy Easter. ********** As one of the on-going ministries
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      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 24, 2011

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      Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

      Happy Easter.

      **********

      As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
      here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
      "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
      Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.

      Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
      meditation. We hope you will be blessed.

      Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.

      Blessed are the peacemakers

      Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
      will be called children of God."
      Matthew 5:9

      Peace is within you, child of God. Share your peace
      with others at home, at work, with those you love,
      and the stranger on the street. In a world full of
      conflict and conflict mediation specialists, we are
      to be peacemakers and children of God. What in
      heaven's name does this mean? It means each one of
      us can share the message of peace on earth where we
      live today. It is not easy to be a peacemaker in a
      world of violence, hatred, and mistrust.

      The word "peacemaker" comes from the two Greek words,
      "eirene" (peace) and "poieo" (to make). "Eirene" is
      found in every New Testament book with the exception
      of 1 John and Acts. The New International Dictionary
      of New Testament Theology describes peace as the
      "harmonious relationships between people and nations"
      and signifies friendship and freedom from molestation.
      Some would define peace as order and quiet. Peace for
      others is a sense of rest and contentment. Living out
      one's own definition of peace is one of the signs of a
      healthy spiritual life (Galatians 5:22).

      God is known as a God of peace. We find this title in
      many places (Romans 15:33; 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1
      Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20). The prophet Isaiah
      described Jesus as "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). We
      are promised peace with God through Jesus Christ (Romans
      5:1). Jesus has a great deal to say about peace as we
      continue reading the Gospels. Peace with God is God's
      greatest gift for us.

      Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk and peace activist,
      teaches people to "be peace" by smiling our peace at
      all we encounter. He suggests we smile a small half
      smile whether we feel like smiling or not. Perhaps we
      could smile our peace at the people we live, work, and
      play with today. Peacemaking is within us, as close as
      a small smile on our lips.

      God, bless our small smiles today. Let us be your
      peacemakers. Amen.

      Grace and peace,

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