Thought for the Day: In an article from about six years ago entitled, “World Peace Begins With You and Me,” Dr. Hyderabad Zahead presented some rather basic, but helpful ideas for what each of us can do to actually move from a place of wanting peace to realizing peace. One of the suggestions has always stuck with me, and I have recommitted myself to it five or six different times (I’ve not always been consistent). He writes, “Enlarge your capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of all people.” I have once again committed myself to learning something new each day about someone or some culture. There have been days when it has been more statistical or historic information about a culture or group of people. Other times, I have dug a little deeper to read more autobiographical information. Each time I have learned something new, I have asked myself a simple question, “And so what?” That’s not intended to be dismissive or sarcastic, but a genuine search for how this helps me gain understanding and appreciation. What do I do with that information and how does it make me a better person in this very diverse world? When I think about the peace our faith calls us to know and live, I believe it must move from an abstract desire to a daily task that is deliberate and practical.
Prayer: Bring me peace, O Gracious God, and then push me to do the necessary work so the peace I know is the peace I live and share. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge