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.