“May the Master of Peace himself give you the gift of getting along with each other at all times, in all ways.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Today on a Facebook post, one of my cousins, “DB,” posted a picture of her grocery list—nothing too uncommon on it except at the bottom of the list was written “frozen peace.” Many thought it was funny, but I saw it as a description of the condition of our world today. Peace is frozen in fear, unreasonable expectations, false ideas, religious ideology, lack of respect—and the list could fill the rest of my 250-word post.
When I have a sore back or a muscle ache, I grab a bag of frozen peas out of the freezer to dull the pain and reduce inflammation, which can be molded to fit the area of the body that needs attention better than the icy bags my chiropractor gave me. It would be great if we could thaw out the attitudes, hatred, and the mean-spirited ways of people like a bag of frozen peas against a warm body. Unfortunately, peace will only happen when it is wanted badly enough to sacrifice one’s own perspective on everything and begin to listen to people with different opinions.
Dear cousin, you are not a Ditsy Brunette after all. You are the author of a concept of unfreezing peace to make the world a kinder, more loving place for everyone.
Lord, re-make us in your image so that people will find peace. Amen.