Blessed… Let There Be Peace

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9, New Revised Standard Version).

I know I have spent a great deal of time on the political climate on these pages in the past few days. The truth is, as much as I wish it were otherwise, this really isn’t anything new. My memory goes back to the 1960’s and war protests as well as anger misdirected at soldiers who were doing their jobs.

Then there was Watergate. Once again there was a lot of anger. People were choosing sides. No one seemed to have much nice to say about those who were on the opposite side. They were evil people, or so many of us thought.

In more recent days, regardless of whoever occupies the White House, we would rather fight and blame those on the other side than to work together to benefit our country and our society and to live together in peace.

As we look back over this history, it is also evident that this isn’t a contemporary phenomenon. It is also not going away any time soon. We will continue to watch as we continue to bicker and fight. Where is the peace?

We do see  those who are breaths of fresh air. It is easy to see in people like Mother Teresa. But, I think when we look through all our friends on Facebook or more importantly, all our friends who are part of our real life in the non-digital world, I think all of us can find them, we just need to look, and listen.

I know I am not always one of the peacemakers. I know I fall short at times when I get short with people around me, both those I know and love as well as those I don’t know but should love anyway. God help me. I want to be a peacemaker. I want to be called a child of God.

May it be so for all of us.

What can you do today to be a peacemaker in the world, to be called a child of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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