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Mike Riehls

To be or not to be a peacemaker


Pastor's Corner


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August 02, 2012
One of the Beatitudes in the Bible is "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." This begs the question how can we, in these seemingly turbulent times, be peacemakers in our daily lives?

Recently, I was made aware of the potential to settle a longstanding and ongoing dispute that had dragged out for 10 years, was a concern to two large groups of people and there was a lot of ongoing acrimony between the two groups.


In complex situations there is often the argument that prayer is ineffective or impractical because there are so many individual minds and personalities all engaged in their own agendas. The forces of honesty may be divided by different views of how to proceed.

I decided I could help by praying about the situation when I knew there was a scheduled mediation to resolve the dispute. Effective prayer recognizes there is only one power, only one mind — namely God. I prayed along these lines that the one mind (God) is well able to guide all those involved in the quest for good. This included a resolution that blessed all involved. The mediation started early in the morning and I prayed with these thoughts throughout the day.

When I learned the mediation was still going on at 7 p.m. with no end in sight, I continued to work with the fact that God is always present, powerful, loving, balanced and completely resolved and there are no roadblocks that could stop God's harmony from being expressed.

Needless to say, I was not surprised but grateful to learn, there was a final resolution by 7:30 p.m. and all parties were satisfied with the resolution. Even some people, that it was believed could not be satisfied no matter what the resolution, from both sides, remarked it was a very fair outcome for all sides and mentioned their amazement it had finally, after all these years come to an amicable conclusion.

So we can all be fellow peacemakers in our daily lives and rejoice our peace and harmony come directly from God and whatever blesses one blesses all!

Now that is peace worth praying for!

Fran Bachmann is a member of the local Christian Science Church.


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