Sharing God’s peace is not simply a friendly hello to those sitting around you. Sharing God’s peace is not a time for catching up on news with your neighbor or reminding someone about an upcoming meeting. Sharing God’s peace does not require each worshipper to offer a sign of God’s peace to every other worshipper present.
Sharing God’s peace with one another is an act of reconciliation. It is an opportunity for God’s people to be reconciled with each other as they offer their gifts to God and before they receive the gift of Holy Communion. What can the exchange of peace teach us for daily living? Christians are people who seek reconciliation with one another.
Making peace should be a daily activity in our lives. We do not need to wait for church on Sunday morning to make peace with our neighbors and family members.
This message is adapted from “Passing the Peace” by Dennis and Linda Post Bushkofsky in March 1998 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.
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