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For He Is Our Peace



A Weekly Reflection

by Trista Wynne


"For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us." (Ephesians 2:14)


In this season of political divisions, where we struggle to have meaningful conversations with one another without stepping on one another's toes, bringing this text into our consciousness again is a place where we can find common ground. This is a calling to remember who we are - fully connected in Christ - a part of the whole of humanity which has already been reconciled into one body through Christ's birth, life, death and resurrection. The wholeness has already been achieved in the Divine realm. We simply need to live into this eschatological reality.


This brings me back to one of the passages from last week, the prophetic vision in Micah 4 (which also appears in Isaiah 2) of all the swords being re-shaped into plowshares and the spears into pruning hooks. Then "nation shall not rise against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore, for they will all sit under their own fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid." (Micah 4:4)


Let us take a moment to reflect on the metaphorical walls that divide us and pray for unity to come over us once more. In times past, when a natural disaster came upon us, we acted more civilly towards one another, coming together to rebuild and reconcile. Differences were laid aside, much as the swords and spears in the prophetic vision were seen to be transformed into tools that world contribute to a Common Harvest. Sadly, in our current state of the world, many have forgotten how to unite for the Common Good. We see fewer and fewer reports in the news of people being decent to one another, and the posts on social media simply seem to be contributing to emotional warfare.


Let us come together again, my friends! Let us come together in prayer. May we do all that we can to re-unit, to connect with the Heart of Humanity, and to remember how to live - in balance with all of Creation.


May we pray for unity, for harmonious living between peoples of many traditions, values, and perspectives. May we remember who we are, connected always in Christ to the Whole that was dreamed by our Creator in the very beginning. May the meditations of our hearts, the words of our mouths and the actions of our bodies be found to be contributing to the Greater Good, removing the dividing walls, and working together for the Harvest of the Heart.


Blessings upon your week! May you feel the love of Christ permeating every fiber and cell and sinew of your being.






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