The next poem in this cycle of the Beatitudes deals with the saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.” Peace involves the absence of conflict; it involves calm; agreement between two parties.
The Bible warns in Jeremiah and Ezekiel about those who proclaim peace in order to placate others–when, in fact, there is no peace.
But we also see the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, in Whom ” . . . righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” (Psalm 85:10) He is the One Who has broken down the barriers between us–the barriers of culture, of position, of color, of gender–and has given each of us “access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Ephesians 2:11-22; Galatians 3:28)
We, who know this peace and share it with others, having our ” feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15), are acting on behalf of our Father, just as His Son Jesus did.
“The Peacemakers” is written in trochaic pentameter: /x/x/x/x/x–three stanzas with the form ABAB. I chose not to change the rhyme from one stanza to the next as I usually do, keeping the separate stanzas unified within the poem.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Breaking down the walls that once divided
You from them and each of us from God,
Not like those declaring peace, misguided,
When there is no concord, only fraud–
But with Heaven’s righteousness provided,
By the Son, Who spread that peace abroad.
Now no longer Jew or Greek, one-sided,
Locked behind society’s facade,
Every wall of difference subsided,
When with Gospel’s peace your feet were shod.
Others heard your message, I know I did–
And thereafter called you “child of God.”