Blessed are the Peacemakers – Bible Conversation One

By the Rev. Michele C. Fischer

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers

If we think of peacemakers as those who are agents of God who are actively establishing Shalom, those
who work for the wholeness and well-being that God wills for a broken world, then in what ways is God
calling us to be agents of peace in our lives, through our congregations, through this synod, in the
world?

This is the question that Rev. Kevin Strickland left with us in our opening Bible study. What does it mean
to be blessed? In South Carolina, having someone “bless your heart” is not always a good thing. In the
days of Jesus, those who were seen as blessed were those who had success, material possessions and
power. But Jesus turns that on its head. Jesus offers blessings to the people in the lowest places, the poor, the mourning, the bottom of the heap.

Peacemakers are those agents of God seeking and achieving Shalom. Peacemakers are those who seek,
then work towards the wholeness (Shalom) of this broken world. They do it, knowing that it may not
bring fame or fortune. Peacemakers find that their work in the world is enough. Peacemakers work to rebuild relationships and establish wholeness in the world.

And so we ask you again, in what ways is God calling us to be agents of peace in our lives, through our
congregations, through this synod, in the world?
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