A midweek pause for peace and the peacemakers

It was a passing comment. Peacekeeping is fundamentally different to peacemaking.

While neither Dave Day nor I are experts in the matter, it struck a chord.

And while this may be a spectrum, the poles are clear.

One is a neutral third party keeping adversaries apart, whereas the other empties themselves of status to enter into the humanity of the conflict.

It’s about empathy and wisdom, and being carriers of peace.

So let’s pause for a moment for the peacemakers, who daily put themselves amid conflict with no guarantee of their own safety. We may not even know who they are, but our standing with them is essential.

And may we be open to becoming carriers of peace, wherever we find ourselves.

As Thomas Merton said, in our own time and place.

#Pause4Peace 🌿