September of 2013 may or may not see a strike on Syria, but it certainly has seen the world’s populations cry out for peace in unprecedented numbers. Saturday, September 7th was an International Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Peace. On Monday, September 9th, the peace vigils continued throughout the United States, from coast to coast. The photograph below is from the vigil hosted by Pacifica Peace People, “acting locally for peace globally.” As the sun set on the candle-lined sidewalk, many neighbors gave the thumbs up or peace signs, and others honked, smiled and waved. It was a beautiful experience, and one that will not soon be forgotten.
It has been heartening to see so many peace-loving people from so many faith traditions join together in hopes of a more peaceful world. We look forward to reporting more about local, national and international peace efforts as we learn of them.
As followers of Jesus, The Prince of Peace, you may feel especially drawn to being a peacemaker. Throughout the Bible, peace is cherished. The source of peace is clearly attributed to God, peace is one of the fruits of the spirit, and we are all called to be peacemakers. There are many ways – big and small – to help bring more of God’s shalom, or peace-with-justice, into this world.
Anyone who helps heal division, helps enemies to be friends, who follows the admonition in The Gospel of Luke 6:27 to love one’s enemy, or becomes more peaceful personally, is called a child of God by Jesus Himself. We invite you to peruse these eResources on peacemaking, including:
- Lord’s Prayer Event for Peacemaking and Bridge Building
- Peace Happens: Local Peacemaker Defuses Angry Driver Incident
- Bible Quotes on Peace (see also our Beatitudes commentary)
- In-depth look at The Beatitudes, including “Blessed are the Peacemakers”
- Book Suggestions on Peace
- Introduction to Mediation
- Discussion of Jesus and Nonviolence
- OUTSIDE RESOURCE: flags/banners for peace, offered by the Mennonites.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9).
You, and your associates or congregation, are likely already pursuing peace with justice, so we hope that the eResources offered here will bless the work of your hands. Remember always to consider your own well-being and that of congregants – a peaceful heart is the most effective in peacemaking efforts. Bolster your own internal peace and that of those around you, and avoid becoming frustrated, angry peace activists.
 Psalm 29:11 and others.
 James 3:18, Romans 8:6, and others.
 Psalm 34:14; Matthew (Jesus’ Beatitudes), Hebrews 12:14, and others.