Colossians 3:15: “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

If God’s peace is like a river, I want that river to take me wherever it leads, and in peace go wherever the Lord sends me.

Here is an aspect of God’s peace: We are called to live in peace with one another as opposed to being divided in hatred and strife; we are called to respect and appreciate our differences as opposed to being hostile and resistant to anybody’s viewpoint that differs from ours.

Actually, if it makes sense to not put God in a box, neither do people belong in one. Let us rather celebrate our differences instead of getting upset. This is a good rule of thumb that can be applied to any situation where we do not share the same outlook on life. That also goes for politics. Democracy thrives on negotiating different viewpoints and the ability to collaborate. This sets democracy apart from a totalitarian regime.

On a more personal level, how boring would it be if we agreed on everything? Praise the Lord for open-mindedness! Could you imagine where we would be without curious and exploring people questioning the status quo? Let’s be thankful for all probing questions, thankful for conflict arising out of these questions and thankful to God who guides us through the mystery and gives us peace in the midst of the unknown.


“You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew”

Stephen Schwartz

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