"Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive."
Thich Nhat Hanh
At the retreat last weekend, we talked about Shalom and the idea of bringing a blessing of peace to people. This has been my theme of the week. In fact, I think that Peace has been stalking me and it's all Pernell's fault. We got into a discussion about Peace and Justice with the group and being a reformer at heart (as well as just being plain contrary), my contention was that Justice is inherent in true shalom. Wrongs must be righted! Oppression must give way to freedom! And while this is true, I now think that perhaps there are times to bring peace in spite of injustice.
This week Peace decided to prove to me that I was wrong. Let me explain. For work I was asked to attend a meeting on Wednesday morning which turned out to be the YMCA Peace Medal breakfast. They honoured people in our community who are bringers of Peace and Justice here in Hamilton. Then Craig Keilburger from free the children spoke about what they do. He told me the story of a boy who experienced Injustice and let Peace prevail by extending grace to the person who did it. The story is both beautiful and horrific, so if you want to hear it just ask me to tell it to you the next time I see you - maybe I'll put it in a separate post later. Thursday I was driving and saw a sign "May God's Peace Be With You." Yesterday I received an email from a friend about Thich Nhat Hanh who worked tirelessly to bring Peace between North and South Vietnam.
See what I mean about Peace stalking me?