What did I do this week to promote peace and justice? Sometimes the questions are hardest when we turn them to ourselves. I worked some much needed overtime. I spent time with my lovely 91 year old mother-in-law. Each moment with her is precious. But did I really make a difference?
Wait…yes…on Saturday I painted pottery, ate pizza, and went shopping. That is exactly how I was able to promote peace. I spent the day with a young lady I love, who has had a lifelong history (13+ yrs) of neglect, abuse, and severe emotional instability. She spent 18 months in a private Christian school, but was expelled. Last year, she was given a new chance when she became a ward of the state and was placed in a loving home with highly skilled mental health professionals as foster parents. Saturday, we had a beautiful day together, we giggled, we laughed, & we were quiet together. This beautiful, tall, very slender young lady ate more pizza, more French fries, and more frozen yogurt than I could! We shopped till she fell in love with a new warm winter coat. Her new parents are strong Christian parents who love her. They want to keep her. They encourage us to stay connected.
There is justice in the system that keeps her safe. There is peace from parents who have chosen her and are committed to the special high level care she requires. Our time together brought great joy and peace to my heart. Wait…thank you to my grandniece who gave me a joyful and peaceful day.
Contributed by Joe Lynne Rader, Silverton Friends