Passing the Peace

Tuesday, May 20

5-20By Wendy Ballard of Forster, New South Wales, Australia

How blessed are they! For they published peace; they published good tidings of good; and they declared to the people that the Lord reigns.

—Mosiah 11:207

I am fortunate to get to share with some awesome children. Each week at our school, we have a peacemakers’ program. We include children from different faiths.

One day we placed a small piece of paper with the word “PEACE” on a table. With the use of only a plastic straw (no hands), each child had to find a way to pass the “peace” to one another.

Some blew the paper across the table; some created suction to lift and drop the paper. It was fun for them to work out the best way for them. We then talked about other ways to share peace with others. The kids came up with many ways, and their creativity impressed me.

One bright and bubbly peacemaker boldly piped up, “We pass the peace at our church, and it’s nice because everyone is talking, and hugging, and shaking hands. Passing the peace is a good thing to do!” We then practiced his way with one another.

You and I have the opportunity to pass the peace with the many people we meet in our day-to-day routines—work, school, home, and with those who serve in a commercial way. We can use words of greeting, a smile, a hug, or even friendly eye contact that says, “I care about you!”

May we publish peace whenever and wherever we go.

Prayer for Peace Creator God, may we reflect the one whose peace we share in all we say and do.

Spiritual Practice: Listening to Children Sit in your quiet place and center your heart and mind on God’s presence. Spend several minutes asking God to bring into your awareness the names and images of children in your life. You may see their faces or hear their voices as you receive these impressions. Listen deeply to the unique gifts and needs of the children who come to mind. Offer a prayer of blessing for each child and the needs you sense. If you feel led, you also may want to write a note or card and give a message of affirmation and love to each child.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will not pass a chance to pass the peace.

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