The Costly Work of Peace-making

By Kate Barker

This second week of Advent we are invited to consider peace. I am encouraged to resist a manufactured picture-perfect image of peace that elicits a sense of still, calm, and quiet when I reflect on the dynamic, relational, and costly work of peace-making. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, humbled himself and became human, walking in the dust and brokenness of our world, healing the sick and comforting the broken-hearted. Emmanuel, God with us. Through Jesus, God reaches out to us, offering eternal peace to all.


In the following excerpt, Malcolm Guite beautifully expresses the act of peace-making in his poem, Peace:



A path that must be taken, hand in hand,


Only by those, forgiving and forgiven,


Who see their savior in their enemy.


So reach for me. We’ll cross our broken land,


And make each other bridges back to Heaven.


Through Jesus’ life we experience peace not as a still, calm, quiet image, but as a divinely inspired, relational act of love. Through acts of love, we are invited to participate in the kingdom of God, which is a kingdom of peace.


This week, let us reflect on how peace is brought about through business people who practice peace through work by loving people. May our hearts be encouraged in prayer and in the practice of peace this Advent season.


By Kate Barker | Assistant Director

Center for Faithful Business

Seattle Pacific University

Dr. JoAnn Flett, Executive Director


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