Still Following The Prince of Peace


This morning I read the Birmingham Pledge of Nonviolence. Written in 1963, it was a core document that formed the nonviolent protest with Martin Luther King Jr. that led to the March on Washington and Civil Rights legislation. I read the description of the protestors, the young people that marched with him and how they were fire-hosed yet did not stop their protest. And their protest changed the country. Is the battle finished? No, not yet, but I’m convinced it will only be moved forward as we learn to live as Powerful Peacemakers, followers of the Prince of Peace.

To live non-violently one has to be strong. It begins with internal strength where we will not be violent to ourselves or hold negative thoughts to others. That takes strength for me! Good core strength. Then we must determine to treat others with kindness, graciousness and compassion, surrendering into the rivers of forgiveness. Nonviolent communication and deep listening become our way of life. That’s a huge challenge too for me! The third step is to engage with groups that are also seeking to bring peace and justice to our world, and to do it non-violently. They are already out there, most likely in your city. There is a peaceful movement. It just doesn’t get the press the violent one does.

To live non-violently one has to be strong. It is not enough to simply say ‘No. No more.’ The protesters in the 60’s were trained in methods of nonviolence. They had their core strengthened to bear suffering. Dr. King wrote, “We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to accept suffering and we will wear you down until justice comes.”

I’ve been inspired by John Dear’s book “The Nonviolent Life”. Perhaps pick it up for some holiday reading…. It’s small, full of questions, full of stories – and, don’t say I didn’t warn you…. an invitation to follow the Prince of Peace into a whole new way of living. We can make a difference. We can resist wrong. We can bring in the Kingdom of God for we are Powerful Peacemakers equipped by God’s Spirit for the battle.

And now I need to leave this wonderful writing desk to re-enter my battlefield… How about you? Where is your battlefield? Within yourself? With your family? At work? In your community?

May you know you are a Powerful Peacemaker and live in the strength of God’s love.

Love and prayers


Contemplative Fire Community Leader Canada



Following the Prince of Peace


Christmas cards have angels proclaiming ‘Peace on Earth’, warm stables with a baby being cuddled, trees decorated and stars shining. The reality in Jesus’ day was very different.

Jesus was fully aware that our world is a violent place. That knowledge didn’t keep him from coming to be with us. He came in poor and as a refugee. He warned his followers that difficulties would come to them because of their faith. In Luke 21 he tells his followers that no matter what happens, we’re not to be afraid and we’re not to worry. God is always present and that all things will unfold into a good end. Don’t let circumstances overwhelm us, stand firm, trust in God and let the Spirit continue to care, protect and transform us. He taught us we are to forgive our enemies. As he hung dying on a cross, he expressed the desire that those who hurt him would be forgiven. He is the Prince of Peace.

In our confusing and violent world, may we set our lives this Christmas season to welcoming the Prince of Peace into our lives. Recently I’ve been challenged to find new ways to welcome him, new ways to live more non-violently. Over the next few weeks I want to share with you some of awakening moments I’ve had and some of the longings of my heart.

What does it mean to be a follower of the Prince of Peace in our world today? What does it mean to be a follower of the Prince of Peace in your everyday life?

Love and prayers


Community Leader Contemplative Fire Canada