It’s easy to think of waging peace and loving across enemy lines as something that happens over there. And while we do work in places that are hard to reach, the beautiful part of this peacemaking community that you’re part of is that you can also do this work wherever you are.
So let me suggest one practical way that you can remake a piece your world with us today.
For all our dreams of "peace on earth," the world is anything but peaceful. From the Middle East to our own communities, violence seems unrelenting. Relationships bend and sometimes break. Peace—the very thing we long for—seems impossible to come by.
But peace is primarily not something that happens to us. It’s something we choose, something we create, something we lean into.
So let's spend the next 25 days leaning into peace.
Photo by Christine Anderson
We cannot seem to escape tragedy and conflict this year. Every time we turn on the news another heartbreaking story, another child in danger, another life snuffed out. The Middle East in turmoil. Election protests on our streets. Pipeline protests on ancient burial grounds.
In the middle of all of this, many of us will open our homes tomorrow, serve a Thanksgiving turkey, and laugh at our grandfather’s bad jokes.