For many, many years I have believed that if humans could all just seta side their differences, we could create peace on earth.
Now, listen. . . peace on earth doesn’t necessarily mean there is never any anger, never any pain, never any hardship, never any outrage.
It simply means we don’t hate each other for it. It means we don’t kill each other for it. It means that when our feelings get hurt and our egos get bruised, we seek reconciliation instead of retribution.
You can be angry. . . and still be kind.
You can be hurt. . . and still be kind.
You can be furious. . . and still be kind.
You can be offended. . . and still be kind.
Humans were not meant to be separate from one another. We were meant to be in community – and in communion – with each other.
We can only do that when we are in community, when we are in communion – and not separate from – ourselves.
We can only do that when we are in community, when we are in communion – and not separate from – god.
From a young age, I have believed that humans could create peace on earth. And about 6 years ago, I came to know without a shadow of a doubt that we can create peace on earth.
Right now, everything that is uncomfortable, everything that is inappropriate, everything that is unjust, everything that is based in fear and anger and suffering and malice and hatred is being called to the surface.
Not that things are getting worse, but that things are being exposed. Things are being brought into the light so that they can be resolved and reconciled.
In fact, ‘reconcile’ means to make peace.
It’s time to make peace with all the ugly things in the past, with all the lies and violence, with the hateful and the vile and the wicked.
Listen, making peace with something doesn’t mean we’re washing over it or that we’re forgetting about it or that we’re not still hurt by it.
Making peace with something means we’re no longer allowing it rule our thoughts and emotions. We’re no longer allowing it have control over our actions.
Making peace with something means we’re ready to stop blaming.
And when we’re ready to stop blaming, we can move forward, unified and in community with our fellow humans.
Then, and only then, will we know peace.