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Charlie Lyon / March 17, 2014

Let’s Suppose

“Blessed are you peacemakers, for you will be called the children of God.” –Jesus Christ

Let’s Suppose the growing global protests in places like Ukraine, Egypt, and Syria, might have a higher purpose in the grand scheme.

Let’s Suppose that mankind is not a poor result of random coincidence.

Let’s Suppose that there is a Creative Mind with Perfect Will, Ultimate Good and Divine Love.

Let’s Suppose the true idea of the universe is the whole family in heaven and earth, and that the “life-germ” at the root of the world is its relation to God the Creator and Father of men.

Let’s Suppose that not all the children in this part of it, the Earth, at least, are good children; but however far the Earth is from being a real family, God would make of the world a true, divine family.

Let’s Suppose that for this Divine purpose, the whole divine family is made up of numberless human families, that in these, men may learn and begin to love one another.

Let’s Suppose the primary necessity to the very existence of a family is peace. Many a human family is no family, and the world is no family yet, for the lack of peace.

Let’s Suppose that there are those on their way to see God, those who are growing pure in heart through hungering and thirsting for a righteousness that can’t be explained by mere existence.

Let’s Suppose that these are indeed the children of God; but specially those his Children who, on their way home, are peace-makers in the traveling company; for, surely, those in any family are specially the Children, who make peace with and among the rest.

Let’s Suppose that wherever peace is growing, there is live peace, counteracting disruption and disintegration, and helping the development of the true essential family.

Let’s Suppose the one question as to any family is: whether peace or strife be on the increase in it.

Let’s Suppose that peace alone makes it possible for the binding grassroots of life – love and justice – to spread throughout what would be nothing but a wind-blown heap of ever drifting sand.

Let’s Suppose the Peacemakers quiet the winds of the world ever ready to be up and blowing; they tend and cherish the interlacing roots of the ministering grass; they spin and twist many uniting cords; they weave many supporting bands; they are the servants, for the truth’s sake, of the individual, of the family, of the world, of the great universal family of heaven and earth.

Let’s Suppose they are the true children of that family, the allies and ministers of every clasping and consolidating force in it; fellow-workers they are with God in the creation of the family; they help Him to get it to His mind, to perfect His father-idea.

Let’s Suppose, ever radiating peace, they welcome love, but do not seek it; they provoke no jealousy. They are the children of God, for like Him they would be one with His creatures.

Let’s Suppose, on the other hand, those whose influence is to divide and separate, causing the hearts of men to lean away from each other, these make themselves the children of real evil. These, born of God, turn from God, and adopt Evil their father.

Let’s Suppose they set their God-born life against God, against the whole creative, redemptive purpose of his unifying will, ever obstructing the primary prayer of the first-born, Jesus Christ: that the children may be one with him in the Father.

Let’s Suppose against the heart-end of creation, against that for which the Son yielded himself utterly, the sowers of strife, the fomenters of discord, contend ceaseless. They do their part with all the other powers of evil to make the world which the love of God holds together one heaving mass of dissolution.

Let’s Suppose they labour in vain.

Let’s Suppose throughout the mass of humanity, guided in dance in inexplicable prophetic harmony, move the children of God, the lights of the world, the lovers of men, the fellow-workers with God, the peace-makers; ever weaving the web of the world’s history after a pattern devised by, and known only to God who orders their ways.

Let’s Suppose but for them the world would have no history; it would vanish, a cloud of windborne dust. As in His labour, so shall these share in the joy of God, in the divine fruition of victorious endeavour.

Let’s Suppose, then, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God-the children because they set the Father on the throne of the Family.

Adapted and edited from The Hope of the Gospel, by George MacDonald

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