In this broken world, we all experience unwanted loss of some kind. Something or someone has been forcibly taken from us. We feel robbed. Sometimes the loss is intangible. It may be our peace of mind, our sense of well-being, or our state of “normal.” Other times the loss is more tangible – the loss of a job, a decline in health, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship. It hurts. Sometimes to the point that we don’t know how we can face another day.
In one of Jesus’ many teachings, he relayed an illustration that is now commonly known as the parable of The Good Samaritan. In this story, we learn of a man who was traveling, only to encounter a vicious attack: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead,” (Luke 10:30-32, NIV).
Jesus offered very few details about this man. We don’t know his name, his hobbies, his background or his profession. We do know that he was hurt – and hurt badly. He needed to be rescued. He needed to receive care. He needed to be made whole again.
I’ve experienced times of pain and brokenness. I’m sure you have too. Even as I write this, my heart weeps as I think of dear families and friends who have been robbed of something very precious to them. As I ache over their suffering, I know there are many others whose names and identities are not known to me, much like the man we read of in this parable. As a follower of Christ and one who has been commissioned to “love my neighbor as myself,” I know I am called at a deeper level to pursue wholeness and peace – not just for myself, but to also lend a hand to others who are broken and hurting, too.
I confess. I don’t know all this entails. Still I believe peace and healing is possible as I apply the principles of the Path of a Peacemaker: ascending (going to the Father), reflecting (examining my heart and role in the situation), and connecting (in God’s timing, partnering with the other person to bring about a healthy resolution to the situation). Do you want to see hearts mended and lives restored? Do you long to bring a message of hope and peace to a hurting world? Then come with me. Together let’s walk the path.
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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