Called to be Peacemakers
Becky was happy to see her jeweler who was there. Steve was born in India and began making jewelry at age seven. His creations are exquisite.
But Steve had another kind of precious gem to offer us that morning.
The conversation went like this: “My children ask me, ‘Dad, why do you smile at everyone?’”
His reply was that we never know what is going on in another person’s life that day or in the past. Perhaps just one smile could make a small difference.
Steve applied the same reasoning to someone who might treat him badly. He would not treat that person badly in return.
He would treat the worst human being on earth with kindness and compassion because we never know what that person has endured.
As we left this man’s presence, I felt deeply graced as if I had just received a sacrament. I was in the presence of Holy Mystery.