THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Peace which makes anything possible

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ONE of the really great things I believe in is the power of relationships, not to manipulate others, not to build an army to use force, nor a political party to persuade people to see things your way, but I believe a power is unleashed when we seek to let God into our hearts, and seek unity with our creator and with others too.

Jesus summed this up in the two commandments he said were the most important, to love God first and others as yourself.

A friend who teaches at one of the best university business schools often says he believes God is not into building empires, but desires good, honest and respectful relationships which my friend says, make everything possible.

The first step is to be honest to God.

If you find it hard to believe in God, just try it anyway.

What we need is surely not a short term fix in the festive season, but a long term answer.

A famous Chinese wise man said peace in the world, begins with peace in the heart. Six hundred years later a baby was born in Bethlehem to offer that peace as a gift to us.

Ian Walters

Parish of Gosberton