In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, specifically the beatitudes found in Matthew chapter 5 vs. 3-12, blessings are poured upon those who are peacemakers and “they shall be called the children of God.”
When we define peacemaking and peacemakers here, we are not talking about peace at the end of a gun, carpet bombing or drone strikes. We are talking about repairing relationships and that can be a long and difficult process. It is, in my opinion, taking the time for dialog, for some sacrifice and definitely with the attitude that we want the very best for everyone involved.
Peacemaking by it’s very definition involves making peace and peace is the absence of conflict. Peacemaking includes making peace with ourselves, with others, and with God. I believe there has to be a degree of compassion and willingness to see others achieve peace.
An opportunity has presented itself for me to try and make peace. I have been writing a lady who was sentenced 10 years ago to do a 40 year prison term. I am always devastated by our handing out exorbitant sentences and we are the only Western country to do that across the board.
Her name is Jennifer. She was a drug abuser and made a dreadful mistake which will cost most of her life if she ever lives through our inhumane prison system. She is so precious to me and encourages me greatly. We have become friends.
Jennifer has a new baby granddaughter, Lilliana. Isn’t that just a lovely name?! Her son and daughter-in-law refuse to have any relationship with her. Jen gets her information through her mom. It hurts my heart because this lady loves her family.
I have hand painted a quilt and found on eBay a baby Gund giraffe that is now a collector’s item. I am going to send it to Jen’s granddaughter with a letter. I want to try and help them and Jen mend a broken relationship for all of their sakes. I have prayed about this and I will see where it might lead.