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Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.


Blessed Are The Peacemakers


For the devotional today, I am using the statement issued on Wednesday by Bishop Holston. I am including it exactly as it was written, so the use of the word ‘today’ refers to Wednesday, January 6.


Statement by Bishop Holston:


The violent storming of the U.S. Capitol during the certification of the 2020 presidential election results was disturbing, disorienting and deplorable – but we cannot allow it to define who we are.


We have witnessed many protests over the past year – most of them peaceful, some leading to violence. What took place at the Capitol today was an assault on the very foundation of our nation – on the freedoms and democratic principles we all hold dear.


We pray for comfort, for healing, and for peace for all those affected by the violence.


As I said this past spring, when South Carolina demonstrations against racial injustice were overshadowed by the actions of people with malicious intent – violence and destruction are never the answer to whatever grievances or outrage we may feel.


As United Methodists and people of faith, we know this, we feel this, we live this. Still, as we try to make sense of what we have seen today, it can be difficult to maintain hope for the future of our country.


Where do we go from here?


While we might not know the answer to that question, we do know two things – we are charged to be peacemakers, and we can only fulfill that charge by taking one step at a time.


One prayer at a time.

One conversation at a time.

One small act of reconciliation at a time.

Show up, serve, witness and pray. Always, pray.


As we move forward together, let our protest be peaceful, let our strength be our unity, and let our actions reflect the glory of the Lord.


My friends, let’s take the next faithful step together.

Grace and peace,

L. Jonathon Holston, Resident Bishop


A hymn that speaks to this is “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The lyrics say:


Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me;

let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God our creator, children all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.


Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow;

to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally, Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.


Thanks be to God. Amen.

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