Peace Restored

By Shirley Remmenga of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.  James 3:17

An administrator and an employee at my office were disagreeing on terms of a contract. Both were unhappy and unable to communicate.

I had taken some peacemaking and conflict-resolution classes, so I decided to contact each of them. I invited them to a meeting where they would have a chance to air their complaints, listen to each other, and perhaps develop a plan that would satisfy them both.

Each agreed to try. We met, we listened, and they told their stories. We found a reasonable solution, restoring peace between them.

All three of us were grateful God’s peace had been present with us. Good communication, I believe, is essential to the peace process. Good communication doesn’t happen until we listen to one another.

Listening is even more impartial and full of mercy if we listen to God.

Prayer for Peace:

Gentle God of wisdom, let your mercy flow among us. Help us express ourselves with gentleness and listen to one another with patience. Form us into beings who can collaborate on the path to peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Each day this week prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and for creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will listen with an open mind to the ideas of others.

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  1. Gloria Johnson

     /  24 April 2012

    Help me, dear Lord, to put you first and listen to your priorities for this day.


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