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Eirenepoios

In Greek, "eirenepoios" means peacemaker.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Recorded words of Jesus - Matthew 5:9.)



Each of us can choose to herald peace...allow it to flow through us much as the layered tones and muted shadings of light and dark fuse themselves amongst these multi-colored leaves.

Will we - created by each stroke of the Master's hand, memorably different from one another in hue and saturation, in personality and temperament... be viewed as the gentle brushwork of His heart within our culture? Will we live out our uniqueness in harmony and grace, or will we be like broken limbs and torn leaves whose withered beauty resists time and torrent resulting in our collective demise.

In unity there is strength.

"Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic." ~ Herman Melville

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A good reminder. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful leaves

Maria said...

gorgeous - as always. looove this pic ma!

Anonymous said...

Inspiring to think of our beauty as unique and His brushwork, not resisting how He paints us over time, and letting it flow to others.
Bernie

Sandra M. said...

I've been reading artist Makoto Fujimura's book "Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture." He shared in the intro that eirenepoios can be interpreted "peace poets", suggesting that peace is a thing to be crafted or made. "We need to seek ways to be not just "peacekeepers" but to be engaged "peacemakers." I had to see what others were saying about this term and so glad to find your site. It is a true gem. You can read Mako's essay here: http://www.makotofujimura.com/writings/refractions-peacemakers/

Fade to Black said...

Thank you Sandra, for dropping by. Enjoyed the link you sent. It is good to open conversations and see what deposits God is making in each of us.