There are a lot of angry people today. People are angry with Congress and with the White House, with their state legislators and with their governors. They are angry with big business and with unions, with their neighbor and family members.
Angst and anxiety replace peace – because people feel insecure, threatened and, too often, helpless. They find it hard to find someone in whom they can place their hope and trust.
Trust is rooted in faith and confidence in someone. With the growing disapproval of government leaders and the feeling they can’t or won’t correct what’s wrong in our nation, trust takes a nose dive.
I wonder what would happen if we would start wishing “peace” to all those leaders in whom we have lost confidence.
For example, imagine that you could go up to the White House and say to President Obama and the people in his administration, “I wish you peace.”
Then go into the offices of Congress, to your senators, representatives and say, “I wish you peace.”
And walk in to see you governor and state legislators and say, “I wish you peace.”
Perhaps go to your employer, to the union leaders, to big business leaders and to family members and say, “I wish you peace.”
I wonder what would happen.
I wonder if the gift of peace would give them pause, provide a moment of interior reflection.
Well, I don’t think we can go into those offices and do that – a least most of us can’t. But, we can still say to each and every one of our leaders, neighbors and relatives:
“I wish you peace.”
And to you, my friends, I wish you peace.