“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone…” Hebrew 12:13-14.
WARNING: Peace-makers often loose blood! I am just letting you know that the disjointed do not always wish to be jointed… .that members often prefer their animosity. Nevertheless, says the Hebrew writer, strive! And strive not only with your companions but with everyone! You must be a peace-maker to all.
Close your eyes. You are standing at a dusty crossroads. If your eyes were open, you would look in all directions, perpetually, over your shoulders - left - right - straight ahead - way, way past the horizon, and see absolutely nothing. O, but you feel something. It may not be visible yet, but, at any moment ten thousand frustrations will march into visibility. No surprises - you called them here today… .for a meeting. You may want to close your eyes before they rush in.
But you are not a coward. You came here purposely. You, my friend, are a bona fide peace-maker. The genuine reconciled kind. Your hands dance in the open skies; your knees flex and propel your body weight; your feet seek solid ground; your heart swells. You are of a new stock and breed. A son or daughter of righteousness revealed! (Romans 8:19). Creation has longed and looked for your. Eagerly. You are the mediator of peace and good will on earth, (Luke 2:14).
Here they come: the broken, disjointed bodies of ten thousand generations. They have come to you, peace-maker. What will you do? Strive, says the Hebrew writer, with your dancing hands, your flexible knees, your solid foothold and swelling heart; Strive! At the risk of loosing blood, strive! Should they hate you, strive! Lay your heart and body to the burden of repairing hearts and bodies; rejoining. Reconcile all members that you can…