Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 24, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 24, 2011
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
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.
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Blessed are the peacemakers
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
will be called children of God."
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
Grace and peace,
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