Out of the Mouth of Babes
This past Sunday we had a special moment in our worship service. A family was leading the lighting of the second candle of the Advent wreath, which signifies peace. One of the little boys in the family wanted to share what he thought peace was. His mother held the microphone in front of him and he said, “Peace is when we do things to help and don’t do anything to hurt people.” This was completely uncoached!
These simple words melted our hearts and spoke truth into our lives. Too often we think of peace as the state of things. We say that we have an inner peace—a state of inner calm and tranquility. Or we say that we want world peace—a state when war and violence cease. But this little boy thinks peace is something we do, not just a state we experience.
His meaning of peace meshes well with our sacred scriptures. In Psalm 34:14 it says, “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” As we think about what’s going on in our city and in the world, we need to be reminded that we will not experience peace unless we make a commitment to pursue it.
There is much that could be said about this, but sometimes the simple, unsolicited words of a boy are all that are needed!