Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to look through some old family photos and relive some of our favorite memories. In looking through mounds of pictures, I came across a photo from years ago. It was a snapshot of me with sons, Joshua and Shane, on an old sofa. Sounds like just an average photo for the family album, right? All I can say is that you may want to hold that thought until you’ve heard the rest of the story!
On one of our family dirt bike adventures, we traveled up a quiet trail in a mountainous area. The path was obscure, and much too rocky and steep for passenger vehicles. The further we traveled, the harder it was to escape the feeling that we were ascending to a place “where no man had gone before.”
When we finally arrived, the scenery was beautiful – breathtaking, really. Then, we observed something quite unexpected. Lo and behold, there was an old sofa sitting in that secluded place! How did it get there? We’ll never know, but it defied any notion that we had discovered something new or accomplished a feat no one else had achieved. To commemorate the moment, the boys and I piled on the sofa, clad in our dirt bike gear, while Terri snapped a picture for the photo album. To this day, this is one of our favorite family outings, and a memory I’ll always treasure.
As I reflect on this in the context of our peacemaking journey, I am reminded of the fact that sometimes the path we travel will be difficult. While our challenges are intensely personal, there’s no doubt that others have experienced the same kind of hurts, the same kind of challenges. Yet, somehow others have made it – and sometimes with heavier burdens in tow!
I know many of you have experienced deep conflict that has left your relationships in a state of disaster and your hearts in a state of brokenness. You’ve been traveling a difficult road to peace, and you may be worn down and tired. There may not be a sofa waiting for you along the steep trail, but there is an invitation from our compassionate Heavenly Father. He says to you, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). Take a seat at the feet of the Savior, and let Him renew your strength as you continue along The Path of a Peacemaker.
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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