a time for peace

– standing against occupation

preparing for peace work

In chapter 14, Matthew tells us that after feeding the 5000 + hungry people, Jesus went off by himself to be with God.  After a time of renewal and restoration, he came down from that mountaintop retreat and entered into the chaos of a storm surrounding his followers, bringing them a gift of peace. 

As I read that account this morning, I was struck by how similar that feels to my present journey.  After 12 years of pastoral ministry, during which I offered Holy Communion to thousands of hungry people as they received the love and grace of Jesus, I too needed a time of quiet with God. So I am enjoying a time of resting in God’s care and being restored before I am called to move into relationship with a people in need of hope. In August, I will move back into active ministry, into the political storm in Israel-Palestine with an intention of sharing God’s peace in some way with those in need of it.

While I know that alone I cannot calm any storm or bring a lasting peaceful solution to the struggle in Israel/Palestine, I do believe that God works through those willing to show up, to offer hopeful words, and a ministry of presence in Jesus’ name – and that brings a power that can calm the scariest storm!  My prayer is that somehow I will be helpful in bringing a faithful assurance of Jesus’ constant presence and storm-ending power which is available to all of us who have experienced the fear of being caught in a storm beyond our control.

Please join me in keeping the current situation in your prayers – that the Israeli and Palestinian people, caught in the swirl of winds of change and waves of conflict, will find that gift of peace they so long to experience.
Peace/Salaam – Pastor Pat
I work for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, endorsed as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The views contained herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of the ELCA or the WCC.  If you would like to publish the information contained here or disseminate it further, please first contact the EAPPI Communications and Advocacy Officer (eappi-co@jrol.com) for permission. Thank you.


June 17, 2008 Posted by | Palestine, peace | Leave a comment