"Blessed Are the Peacemakers"

Trusting God heals an injury and solves a neighborhood dispute.

By Cindy Kay, Roseland, IL

Categories: Health, Loving and Forgiving

Every winter the dads on our block flooded the empty lot and made an ice-skating rink. We skated everyday. One day some bullies, not from our neighborhood, wanted to play hockey. They started hitting us with their sticks. My nine year old brother tried to stop them. They threw him down on the ice and skated over him. When I saw his head bleeding, I ran home. My older sister told me to go in the house and get quiet. She went to get my brother. I ran to my room and got my Bible. Our grandma had taught us that the Bible had an answer to every problem. I opened the Bible to Jesus quieting the storm with "Peace, be still, (Mark 4:39). I saw that's what I needed to do. I needed to make anger, fear, and hatred be still.

My sister carried my brother into the house. I told her about the Bible verse and read it to my brother. She asked us both to tell her what the beatitude "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God," (Matt 5:9) meant to us.

We both decided it meant that we needed to love the hockey players. My brother didn't have any pain, and his head healed up quickly. My sister took us outside to talk to the hockey players, and we agreed to share the ice at different times.

I'm so grateful to find my answers to all kinds of problems in the Bible. I felt at peace, and my brother was safe.