Winston Churchill used to tell a parable about a zoo in which all the animals decided to disarm. They arranged peace talks to work out the details. The rhinoceros asked for a strict ban against the use of teeth in war. The deer and porcupine agreed, but the lion and tiger defended teeth as being honorable weapons. The bear, however wanted both teeth and horns to be banned, but suggested that all animals be allowed to give each other a good hug when they quarreled. This only served to offend all the other animals, and so they never could agree.
We may never all agree, but we can learn to love each other. Jesus talked about love a lot. He tells us that the two greatest commandments are to love God and our neighbor. If we could learn and grow in this basic of all Jesus teachings, we could do a lot for the cause of peace.
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
- Isaiah 32:17 (New International Version)
Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, we pray that we will work for peace, and even if we don’t always agree we will act in a loving manner to those around us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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