Finding the peace key

My great-niece, Addie Funk, increased my hope for peace this week. She’s in grade 2 in a Mennonite School where they’ve talked about peace quite a bit this month. Last week they were writing and drawing about peace. Addie wrote on her picture, “peace is a key that needs to be found.” When her teacher, Jill, asked her about it during choice time later in the week, Addie said that she hadn’t heard it anywhere, it was just something that she had been thinking about. She said, “everybody has a little bit of peace inside of them, even bullies, but sometimes it just needs to be unlocked.”
Jill thought that was pretty profound and wanted to make sure that her family knew what a deep thinker they’ve got.
I’m sharing it here to encourage all of us to walk the road to peace with the children in our lives, and to be ready to learn with and from them. Doing so will definitely help unlock the peace within and among us.
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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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