The Things That Make for Peace (Wed. Jan. 25)

The word of the day is “peace.”  Of all the blessings of God, peace is one of the most sought-after.  We begin our litanies in the Liturgy with the invitation, “In peace let us pray to the Lord” (St-Tikhon’s 1984, 29).  And we follow with the petition for “peace from above.”  However, we pray not only for heavenly peace but for peace in our world.  So we pray for “peaceful times” (St-Tikhon’s 1984, 30).  And later we pray for those in government that they enjoy “peaceful times.”  Thus in their “tranquility,” we may live a “calm and peaceful life” (St-Tikhon’s 1984, 71). Peace is necessary for good order, cooperation, and happiness in our communities, work, families, and our churches.  Without it, nothing constructive may be…