Today we recognize YOU. Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do.” For the past 40 days, many of you have taken time to repeatedly reflect on peacemakers past and present and their words. May that repetition nurture peacemaking within you. Philosopher Robert Pirsig (author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”) wrote “You look at where you are going and where you are, and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge. And if you can project from that pattern, then sometimes you can come up with something.” We hope that, as you look back over the past 40 days, you see a pattern emerging that propels you forward with hope, options and love.
There are also patterns that have emerged with these Peacemakers. Some suffered great loss in their lives that inspired them to take action with wisdom, courage and strength; some committed their lives to the cause and paid the dearest price for it; and some were following their leadings and their faith. Many experienced great discomfort and sacrifice, but were led by grace, compassion, kindness, humility, seeking, reconciliation and forgiveness. They impacted the world through hospitality, storytelling, music, bearing witness, speaking out and getting directly involved. They challenged the status quo – often within their own community. It is something we can and, as many of these Peacemakers remind us, must do.
As we bring this exercise to a close, we welcome you to join us at William Penn House to continue the journey. Through William Penn Quaker Workcamps, you can meet some of these people, see new things, or see familiar things from a new perspective, and perhaps find inspiration to continue or try new ways to work for peace. Find out more at www.williampennhouse.org.
Peace, and thank you for being a part of this journey.
William Penn House