The Way of Peace
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The Way of Peace
By Lois Parker Edstrom
NOTE: It would be helpful, but not essential, to have a musician to demonstrate the difference between the sound of discordant music notes and harmonious music notes. This can be done with a couple of notes on the piano or using a longer piece of music, depending on your circumstances.
Let’s listen carefully to some musical sounds. (Demonstrate playing inharmonious musical notes together. If more than one musician is helping, ask them to also play out of rhythm with each other. The sound should be harsh and grating.)
Children, how does that sound? I notice some of you are covering your ears. What an unpleasant noise. How does it make you feel? Do you just want the noise to stop? Perhaps that’s how you feel when you see others argue or fight.
Now let’s listen to some other musical sounds. (Demonstrate a soothing, melodious chord or longer song.)
Children, what do you think of that music? It sounds beautiful. The notes blend and compliment each other. We could say the notes get along with each other. That kind of music makes us relax and feel peaceful.
The Bible teaches us about peace. Listen to this passage: “The word which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all” (10:36).
Just as musical notes can be played in harmony and cause us to feel peaceful, so too can we learn to get along with others in a peaceful way. We can use our God-given talents and God-given love to work with each other and compliment each other.
The Bible tells us that God sent Jesus to bring a message of peace to everyone. If we all felt peaceful think of how that could change the world.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan