Today is International Day of Peace and I asked Jeff several weeks ago to begin thinking about writing something for the blog related to peace. Jeff is passionate about peace-making/peace-building so I knew he wouldn't mind! Here is what he wrote:
What is peace? What does it look like? What does it feel like? Some would say that peace is the opposite of conflict. That is a normal response. Some would say that peace is about calmness or stillness. Some would call peace, tolerance. All these and many more are appropriate responses to the questions of, what is peace. We all bring our own presuppositions to the table when we describe peace, and I bring my own and I would like to share them here.
I would like to start out by quoting a line from a song in a movie. My wife will laugh but, I feel strongly that this movie has so many wonderful lessons of life. That movie is “A Muppet’s Christmas Carol”, the Lee kids know what I am talking about. There is a line in that movie that is from a couple of Muppets, Jerry Statler and Conrad Waldorf, who play Jacob and Robert Marley the partners of Ebenezer Scrooge.