The Power of Peace

It’s been said that faith is not so much a noun as it is a verb; in other words, faith is not something that we have—it is something that we do. Looking at faith in this way calls us to be more active, more participatory, in living our lives of faith—instead of noting passively when we have it, or when we don’t have it, we can hold it as an expression of who we are, and who we want to be. We can embrace it as something we fold, through action, into every day.

I think it’s important to hold the concept of peace in the same way—to not passively note whether we have it internally or externally in our environment; but to embrace peace as a concept to live out, daily, through our actions.

How might we “do” peace in order to “have” peace? We can start small—with things as simple as allowing enough time to get where we need to be so we’re not speeding, frustrated and breathless, to our destination. We can choose to pause, even if it’s just for a few seconds, before responding to something that might irritate or anger us. We can ingest foods that calm and nourish us, rather than stimulate or fatigue us. We can take five minutes to stop, be still, and pray.

May we hold to our hearts the wisdom in these words of Peace Pilgrim: “Humanity can only improve as people improve. When you have improved your life, you can inspire those around you to want to improve their lives. Remember that a few in harmony with God’s will are more powerful than multitudes out of harmony…” May we embrace the truth in the words of our Peace Song: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” May we use each day as an opportunity to do peace.

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