Orange Slices: A Place of Peace

My plan for today was to start my series on the Orange Conference. However, the events of the last 24 hours call for something else…

Last night, as Tom and I watched some mindless television, we were interrupted by the electronic chimes from the news signalling a special report. We listened as the President told the nation of Osama Bin Laden’s death.

As we listened to the commentaries, I glanced at my computer. Facebook friends began commenting about the news…some cheered, others used humor and still others asked questions. My friend Anna’s post gave me pause: “Will his death make a difference?”

I’ve thought about her question all day as I’ve tried to collect my thoughts about the conference to share with you. However, I kept getting stuck on the news…the heaviness of terrorism and the enormity of the task before our country overwhelmed me. How can we ever achieve peace? I read a commentary today that described the derivation of the word “peace” or “shalom.” It is translated as nothing missing, nothing broken.” I considered this with frustration as I reflected on the brokenness of our world.

 As I tried to stay on task, I focused on the Re-Think group’s primary goal: To combine the influence of the CHURCH and the FAMILY to influence the minds and hearts of the next generation.

And somehow, this does makes sense for today. Working together with my local church, I can influence my kids to be wise, compassionate and courageous. I can fortify them with truth, and teach them to  “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly”  as they follow Christ.

Will his death make a difference?” Maybe not. There is still a lot of hatred and terror and darkness.

But HIS death made a difference. And by following Him, I can make a difference by making my home a place of peace.

Wishing you His peace, with nothing missing, nothing broken~


Thank you to our brave military for working so hard to keep us safe.

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