Becoming an instrument for peace

There was a song I loved to sing when I was in school. It began like this: "Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace." I loved the music, but the words never seemed very important to me. And I haven't thought about that song in a long, long time. That is, not until a few days ago.

In recent weeks, it seems that I've been hearing details of chemical, biological, nuclear, and a whole list of other kinds of weapons. And I've felt that I needed to shift my focus from these instruments of war. As I was thinking about how to go about changing my perspective, the first line of that long-forgotten song popped into my mind—"Make me an instrument of Thy peace." Yes, I thought, that's what we need now—instruments of peace.

The peace of God
April 14, 2003

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