We tend to have a set of blinders on when it comes to peace. We forget that the world isn’t always at war. Let us focus on times of peace that have happened – times when long-standing disagreements have been resolved. What “could never happen” has happened before and can happen again.
I invite you to recall specific moments of peace –
The end of apartheid in South Africa.
The removal of the Berlin wall.
The peace accord in Ireland.
All of these conflicts seemed to dissolve overnight, yet they required the intense energy and attention of many people who prayed and worked for their resolution. All along it seemed hopeless – too big to fix, too large to solve.
Do you feel the energy of the change? A huge shift in energy occurred that made it possible for peace to flow.
Now take that energy and push it towards today’s issues –
Israel and Palestine.
Race relations in America.
Refugees fleeing war and poverty.
These seem bigger than us, impossible to resolve. And yet the past tells us otherwise. There is hope. Change is possible.