Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, May 26, 2016
PEACE: Cooperation, Understanding, Acceptance
I continue a series of posts from Gemini Jr. High School in Niles. (Again, a big thank you to Mr. Rich Groeling, Gemini’s principal!)
What an opportunity to engage with the young people! I encouraged them to make a sign with their personal definition of PEACE. This was a chance to listen to viewpoints on PEACE.
First, Reuben’s definition: “Peace is cooperation and understanding and long lives.”
Next, Sarah’s definition: “Peace is acceptance of everyone around you, regardless of your own personal beliefs.”
Truly, cooperation and understanding are part and parcel of any kind of clear communication. And, if we inject “peaceful” into that equation, we find something high level negotiators long for. (Thanks, Reuben.)
The second definition is similar, in several important ways. Acceptance is key to liking ourselves! Liking ourselves, accepting ourselves—go hand in hand with liking and accepting others. Here is the best part: if I have a relationship with others around me regardless of their (and my) personal beliefs, then I truly am pursuing peace. Breaking down walls, and extending openness and positivity. (Superb definition, Sarah!)
With young people who think like that, I have hope for the future. Amen!
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