A few days ago my mailman delivered a startling piece of mail. It was a bill from my doctor, who wanted $94 for checking my “peacemaker” that his colleague had implanted a couple of years ago.
My peacemaker? What a good idea!
I wish I could have such a medical intervention. Think what it would be like to keep calm and help others keep their cool when those around us are losing it. Think what it would be like to have no fear of what might come down the pike tomorrow, especially as we near the end of our days. Think what it would be like to wake up in the morning knowing that we could meet whatever we encountered that day with the assurance that all would be well.
What if we could implant a peacemaker in the chest of every world political leader — of North Korea and Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, Britain and Israel, Palestine and the U.S.? What if we could implant one in every terrorist, rapist, murderer and abuser? And in people who cause others the opposite of peace?
But when you think about it, as followers of the Prince of Peace we already have such an “implant.” Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (John 14:27). This peace is so amazing that it surpasses all human understanding (Philippians 4:7), and it also comes to us as one of the nine “fruits of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus says to us in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
I’m so glad I had my pacemaker installed two years ago. It’s given me more zip. But it’s a cause for even more joy that our Lord has implanted a peacemaker in each of us, his followers, helping us work for peace in our troubled world.
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