Blessed Are the Peacemakers
I miss all of you and especially on Sundays when I think of you gathered around the table sharing the bread and the cup, but I am thankful for your understanding and for the opportunity to be here helping our California family. This week has been Vacation Bible School and the Claremont United Methodist Church has been transformed into “Peace Camp.” Our theme for the week is “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” There are origami peace doves hanging in the tree outside the front door of the church and over the entrance is the word “Shalom” (peace).
It has been a week of talking about important questions: What does peace mean? What would our world look like if we had peace? What can I do to be a peacemaker? How can I be a peacemaker in my family, with my friends, and at my school?
We often think children aren’t paying attention, but unlike adults they listen carefully. One night my job was to ask children to share their thoughts about peace. They mentioned things like: families separated from each other, making peace in Korea, problems with Mexico, countries like Guatemala having difficulties, parents who want to come to the United States because they are trying to provide a better life for their children, listening to each other, talking about our differences, less screaming, no war—these were the thoughts of elementary
I want peace and I know it has to begin with me—but, I’m usually much more comfortable letting it begin with someone else. Trying to love my enemies and being kind to people who hurt me isn’t easy, especially when I am sure I am right and they are wrong. I would much rather hold on to my self-righteous anger.
Perhaps I need to listen more and pray with the children—
God’s peace in my heart.
God’s peace in my mind.
God’s peace in my hands.
God’s peace in my mouth.
God’s peace shared with all.
How We Can Help Children Separated From Their Families????
Catholic Charities here in Fort Worth is already housing some of the children separated from their families. Below is a list of items needed to create a welcome box for each child--bring items from this list for the next three Sundays and then we will deliver all we collect the first week in August.
- Monetary Donations
- Gift cards from Target or Wal-Mart
Items needed to create Welcome Boxes
- Shoe-box sized containers
- composition books
- stress balls
- playing cards/card games/magic cards
- coloring books/activity books
- crayons/colored pencils
- hot wheel cars
- small bibles (English or Spanish
- small toy
- English/Spanish flashcards
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication flash cards
- pack of hair ties
- pack of hair ties
Small bottles of:
- Lubriderm/Gold Bond/Eucerin lotion for extremely dry skin
- body wash/bar soap
Drop Off Information
249 Thornhill Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.