Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be. With God as our father Brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With every step I take let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment and live each moment with peace eternally, let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Watching the news I saw reports of hit and run drivers, home invasions, people in high places running financial scams, cheaters here, liars there, thieves, thieves everywhere! I thought I just could not watch another minute of it, and that was not even the World News, just the local stuff. Then I remembered a story that really grabbed my heart not long ago about a little eleven year-old boy that had hanged himself, with a noose fashioned from a fabric belt. When I saw this little child’s face on the screen my heart felt crushed, it could have been my own baby or grandbaby’s brown eyes looking out at me, not knowing what pain might have been behind those eyes when that picture was made.
Am I my brother’s keeper? The answer is YES. We have to be responsible for watching and listening to people around us to see if there is anything we might do to help. “And feed a hungry world through me”, that is the last line from a beautiful song (I Then Shall Live) that touches my spirit so strongly. Feeding the hungry world is not only with food, but with spiritual support, a word of encouragement to someone, you never know how much it might help. Who could have helped that child? A teacher? A coach? His mother had tried, his sister knew but he had sworn her to secrecy. What drove him to suicide? He was called “gay and a snitch”. What did he fear? Now let me ask you that same question, “What do YOU fear? What is the trouble that haunts you?” I want to help. You may not talk or write but I do pray that anyone who reads this will know that I am not just a bunch of words, but someone reaching out to try and “feed a hungry world”, whoever you are.
Hebrews 12:14 Work at getting along with each other and with God Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. King James says it this way, “Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man will see God”
Our part of the equation is to do the best we can for our fellow man, here is God’s part: Psalm 23 God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
Follow peace and seek God.