The election calls for a people who follow Jesus and offer to the world peace and joy. People are needed who live a life that preserves like salt, shows the way like light, and like leaven, quietly permeates a whole loaf.
Take a new look at the beatitudes. The beatitudes tell us how we should be to be happy. But the beatitudes show us more by showing us what we should do!
What are we to do? We are to enrich the lives of the poor in spirit by sharing emotional strength. We should comfort those who mourn with the comfort with which we are comforted. We should reward and embolden the meek with a place on earth. We should satisfy those who hunger and thirst after righteousness by showing the way to live as Jesus lived. We should be merciful to the merciful, open the eyes of the pure in heart to see the beauty of Jesus, enable peacemakers to make peace, stand with those who are being taken advantage of because they are too good. (Ponder possibilities beyond my words.)
“Answers to Seven Questions” in The Mennonite by Joyce Kusuma encourages me and gives me hope. She is a Nurse Practitioner and a member of the Peace Church in Upland, California. As a member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, she provides an Indonesian voice to the church. She tried to live in California’s dessert or to work in the city of Las Angeles, but always returned to the Sierra Mountain’s fresh air. Click here to read her testimony
Danny Aramouni is a sophomore at Goshen College where he majors in molecular Biology/biochemistry and Bible and religion. He is from Kansas, yet yearns for peace among the divided peoples of Jerusalem. He did a seasonal devotional based on Psalm 122 The devotional can be found by clicking here.
For me the key to world peace is found in the pronoun (our and us) in what is called the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer is not an individualistic “give me this day my daily bread” but is more universalist: “give us (all) our daily bread”. When we “be” the beatitudes and “do” them we will be a happy world. When the few who have much more than they need for one day and share their plenty with the many who don’t have enough for today, and all debts are forgiven, there will be peace on earth. (Toy with the only in the haiku below:)
World peace will happen
when all have enough only
then comes the kingdom