Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
A while back in my former church office I was sitting at my desk when the worship minister came in. He said he was taking some trash out and there was something in the outside dumpster. I asked him what it was and he said he didn’t know—he heard something moving inside and he didn’t want to open the lid. So I went out to see and sure enough, I heard something moving inside. I got a stick and carefully opened the lid and peeked inside. There looking up was a Mama raccoon in the empty dumpster. With two raccoon babies. They actually looked more like raccoon teenagers! They were all stuck and couldn’t get out. I went got a large board and put it in the dumpster so they could all get out. And it worked.
That’s the way we can be at times. We can get ourselves in a predicament either with circumstances or in a relationship and we can’t see a way out. At that point we need someone to help us. That’s what peacemaking is—taking action to step into a situation and help bring reconciliation, to help bring resolution, to help bring God’s peace.
That is one of the many benefits of being in a church family—people can bless you with encouragement, with insight, with prayer for the challenges you are going through. But that’s not going to happen if you are on the periphery, when your involvement with church is just showing up Sunday mornings for worship. In some ways, it may seem safe to just stay on the sidelines, to not get involved in ministry and small groups, but that’s a sure way to miss out on God’s blessing through meaningful relationships. God’s design is that we love one another, that we have relationships that bless one another. May God give us grace for this, may we allow people to be that blessing to us and may we take the initiative to be that blessing to others!