Makepeace

Today, as I was driving to Heathrow airport to return my rental car before my departure,I drove by a street called “Makepeace Road.” What a name!

I wonder how often the residents of Makepeace Road think about the name. Is it something so familiar that it does not give them pause. Or do they see the name as they drive onto their street or write their return address on an envelope and think … yes, I should make peace with … [fill in blank].

As we finish the third week of Advent and begin what this year is an actual full fourth week of the Advent season, it is a good time to ponder how I am called to make peace

In my own heart.

With those I love, but where there may be some strained relationships or hurts.

With those who drive me a little crazy.

With those with whom I disagree or just don’t understand.

Peace is possible, but it begins at home and it takes effort and intention.

May we all strive to make peace in our lives, community, and world, no matter what street we happen to live on.

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