JANUARY 8, 2021: PEACE IN 2021
What is God asking of us? What are we to do? Who are we called to be at this critical time in our history?
Our world–on so many levels–seems to be coming apart.
Today’s issues mirror the issues that our Covenant House young people have wrestled with their whole lives: violence, trauma, racism, fear, isolation, imprisonment, sickness, and even death.
At Covenant House, we are in the business of healing and hope. We treat each young person who walks through our door with absolute respect and unconditional love.
We pray a lot, knowing that we can only do so much to help these young people to heal their deepest wounds.
We listen a lot, and we listen some more. We help each youth to see how beautiful they are as children of God.
People are always amazed at the abundance of peace and grace at Covenant House.
So how can we bring that same peace to our everyday world?
What if we all simply prayed more, and listened more, and loved more, and ultimately respected more?
“Oh God, help me to see your face in each and every person I encounter this day: my family and friends, my colleagues, the poor, the vulnerable, the strangers among us.”
The last couple of days have really saddened me. There are so many people in great need and especially in the midst of this pandemic. Thousands are dying every day across our world.
“Oh God, help me to bring peace, to bring love, to bring healing. Help me not to lose faith but to trust in your love and your mercy.”
With God’s grace, each of us can be peacemakers to our fractured world.