Shorter shift tonight, 11-midnight. Still special. Found myself meditating on “Blessed are the peacemakers”. I admire all those who can bring various parties together and find peace; the Northern Ireland situation; South African truth courts and so on. As I thought about it tonight I considered how it takes courage and vision to even begin to set about the task of reconciliation. However, the more I thought about it the more I considered the courage and vision of the parties concerned also in desiring reconciliation. It takes a brave person to step out and declare forgiveness of the other so that harmony may be restored. obviously the Lord was right when he spoke of peacemakers, but over the years as I have thought only of the intermediaries, perhaps I should have also considered that the peacemakers are also those more directly involved; i.e. the parties in dispute.
Lord, help me to be a peacemaker, but help me also to find peace in those situations where I need to forgive others and recieve their forgiveness.