We see this every day as we experience our world’s need for Christ’s reconciling love, peace, and justice. We feel this as we long to know God’s peace in our hearts and relationships. The promise of Jesus “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9) is both a comfort and a challenge. It reminds us that the path of peace is something we both follow and forge.
You may also use Peace Cards with your family. Peace Cards provide an opportunity for families to engage in practical and real conversations about peacemaking. Designed for a multigenerational time of sharing, Peace Cards encourage the whole family to share their perspectives, life experiences, and hopes about peace in their homes, community, and the world.
Keep the cards on the table where your family eats. At mealtime, draw a card and read the statement or question out loud. Give everyone an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas and let the conversation grow into actions. Use one card per day during the Season of Peace and let the conversations become avenues for peacemaking.
We hope A Season of Peace will engage your imagination and offer opportunities for you to live more fully into your calling as a peacemaker. Spend a new season with Jesus, the peacemaker, and see if this might become your way of being authentically Christian in the world.