My grandson is leaving in a few minutes to begin his winter term at Oregon Institute of Technology. He is in his final year of Mechanical Engineering. My prayer for him is that he will touch the world with God’s peace and justice. Can this happen? Certainly. Not only for him but for those he touches.
I recently received a book recounting, in words and pictures, years of history of Scotts Mills, Oregon. Included were classes in their high school starting about 100 years ago. Among the first were my dad, Will, and his special friend, Clyde. They were great encouragers of each other. Together their paths in the world started as described in Romans 12:9, “Don’t pretend that you love others; really love them.” Peace and justice were and are major results. Even though both passed over long ago, now, 100 years later, the effects on those they touched is ongoing and growing—phenomenal!
The reality of this true life friendship and what it produced, and yet does, makes me enthusiastic in telling others—as Christ followers you can truly touch and influence individuals and the world toward peace and justice. The surrounding verses in Romans 12 so very well describe this opportunity.
Contributed by Ken Magee, Klamath Falls Friends