In pursuing peace and justice it is important to remember that we are not alone. This applies totally: to individuals, to groups, and internationally.
When I entered the world of medicine it was my intent to care for each person physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My perceptions of what this meant produced an exhausting load. The realities of my limits struck me in several ways.
One man lay dying of a heart attack. He was nearly gone. I had not known him previously and I wondered what I was supposed to do to make sure he was ready to meet God. Suddenly he sat up in bed and said, “Tell my family it is o.k. between God and I.” He lay back and finished crossing over. I told them and they were obviously very grateful.
A friend with whom I’d hunted with our hound dogs had moved and lived in another city. Years later I received a phone call that he was dying of cancer and wanted to talk. He wanted to get right with God. When we met at a restaurant I asked him what he wanted to tell God. We wrote it down and he later signed it. God’s faithfulness was so very obvious. By phone he told me the relief was huge and that “I should have done this years ago.”
Many such happenings both here and in other parts of the world have lifted my impossible load. Matthew 11:28-30 became my often repeated favorite scripture: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (NIV).
When thinking about pursuing peace and justice, how do you and I look for what God is doing and enter into that? What a privilege!
Contributed by Ken Magee, Klamath Falls Friends