Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
Maybe because of what's going on in the world, I've been thinking of this verse a lot recently. As a matter of fact, I'd say God is nudging me toward it. I toss and turn in bed thinking about it, I wake up thinking about it, when I turn on the TV, I see a verse on one of the Christian TV stations about peace. The other day I decided to reread one of my favorite childhood books, and what was the title of the chapter I opened it to? Peace at Last!
No, this isn't a prophesy that there will be peace in the world. All Christians know there's only One way that's going to happen. And because I have studied eschatology for decades, I believe things are only going to get a lot worse. Sorry that I can't be more Pollyannish about it. No, what I've been I been thinking about is the actual interpretation of this verse.
My entire life I thought that verse referred to people that settles squabbles, fights, and wars. The person that mediates opposing factions. And it does mean that. But digging a little deeper, I found another meaning. Blessed are the people that make peace. Make as in create.
We all know the drama queen-type person, that is always creating a fuss. The person you must walk on eggshells around because you worry about "setting" them off? Well there's a polar opposite person in the world. The friend that you know that you can turn to with a secret, and know that it won't be spread around town. The mother that has taught her children to be kind and polite. The patient person that doesn't grumble when given the worst job on the volunteer list, but does it without complaining and even pleasantly. The homemaker, that makes her home a sanctuary, that young and old know they can come to and be welcomed with open arms. The disabled person that accepts their disability and doesn't whine about it. The wife that doesn't complain. The encourager rather than the critic. The list can go on and on, there are many ways to create peace. We might not have any control about what goes on in the world, but we can control what goes on in our little part of it. Look at those wonderful Japanese people, standing quietly in line for hours for a bottle of water. Imagine what the world would be if everyone acted that way. To be a peace maker is to be Christ-like. Are you a peacemaker?