The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. (Isaiah 32:17 NRSV)
Winston Churchill used to tell a parable about a zoo in which all the animals decided to disarm. They arranged peace talks to work out the details. The rhinoceros asked for a strict ban against the use of teeth in war. The deer and porcupine agreed, but the lion and tiger defended teeth as being honorable weapons. The bear, however wanted both teeth and horns to be banned, but suggested that all animals be allowed to give each other a good hug when they quarreled. This only served to offend all the other animals, and so they never could agree.

We may never all agree, but we can learn to love each other. Jesus talked about love a lot. He tells us that the two greatest commandments are to love God and our neighbor. If we could learn and grow in this basic of all Jesus teachings, we could do a lot for the cause of peace.

Dear God, let peace begin with me. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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