I believe in peace not because I see it, but because I hope for it. Peace is not something that is someone else’s job, or responsibility—It’s all of ours. I think most of us would agree that bombs aren’t going to bring peace—but neither is doing nothing.
So what can we do?
Well for starters peace isn’t something that is found, it must be created, and not in large acts alone but in millions of small ones. So how can we create movement in this direction for a better world?
Caring and compassionate people all around the globe are seeing a world being shaped by the war rooms of powerful nations. Feeling helpless we throw up our hands and surrender to their myopic approach. But there is more we can do. Peace has to be more than a surrender. Peace has to be more than merely killing all the bad guys. Peace is when those of us who aren’t at war, step up and fight with weapons of love and compassion. Worse than the conflict overseas could be our ability to turn off the news and pretend like we are safe. If we numb ourselves to the pain of others, we then become killers by omission.
So we need to respond to conflict with acts of love and peace. Our response is not just because innocents are being affected but because if we don’t respond, we become a little bit harder, cynical, and numb-and in turn are no better than the terrorists we fight.
So respond. Begin a movement that creates peace for someone, somewhere, somehow.
Here is an idea that has an impact greater than the sum total of it’s parts.
Hundreds of years ago another people group were refugees being killed and forced to flee their homes and countries. The Mennonites found new life in parts of Europe and as far West as the United States. Despite the various differences among the many Mennonite denominations, they share in common the Mennonite Central Committee and it’s relief efforts around the world. Because they are a people who understand what it is like to be displaced they are actively involved in efforts to make earth as it is in Heaven for those living in the hell of war and strife.
A little Mennonite church in Peterborough called the Parish wants to help sponsor a refugee family. It wants to respond to the crisis by giving a home, a life, and dignity to people different than ourselves. By offering them this chance we can make a small gesture of love in a violent, hateful war. That small gesture has big ripples. Other communities might be inspired to do the same. One family might lead to others. When we save a family from war we are building a better future, not just for them but for us as well. When we do anything to fight violence we are declaring our responsibility in creating a peaceful world.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
If you can’t think of a way to create some peace then join our cause. Help support us in our campaign to bring a family to Canada. Click on the link below and support our Ride for Refuge. And claim your peace of History
If you would like to support and be apart of our effort you can support the Parish here
Here is a link the Mennonite Central Committee in Canada and their work with refugees, and a chance to support them http://mcccanada.ca/learn/what/refugees
Here is a link to our little Church if you want to learn more about our community www.theparish.ca