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PASTOR'S PAUSE December 7, 2017 Teach Peace…As I was driving to the Church one morning I noticed a wall where artists have painted various designs, one of which was those words intertwined. It struck me as I passed by that those words lend truth to power, particularly during this season of ADVENT. For those of us who celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, this season of the year is significant because it marks the “coming” or birth of the Christ Child. (See Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2.) It is a time for us to give emphasis to PEACE by spreading HOPE, LOVE, and JOY to all.
Today’s technology has brought into play a plethora of gadgets that have rendered innovations that even 20 years ago we would have denied could/would exist today. Social media outlets are conveying news in real time. Psychologists and Psychiatrists say with the invention of texting we have begun to lose our much-needed socialization skills that keep us communally connected in positive ways. They also say that this season of the year is a time when the number of suicides rises significantly for many peoples throughout the world because they feel a sense of hopelessness and helplessness.
Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller wrote a song entitled “Let There Be Peace on Earth” that is sung often during this season of the year. (Jackson-Miller even commented, when asked how this song came about, that she was anticipating committing suicide after a failed marriage when the lyrics began to form in her head giving her a sense of hopefulness.) In my humble opinion, if each of us focuses on The Gift that the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of the universe sent us over 2,000 years ago, we would be encouraged to TEACH PEACE engendering healing and wholeness to all throughout the world…in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…