David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.”
1 Samuel 25:32-33 (NIV)
Canada’s first peacekeeping role with the UN was in Egypt in 1956. In an effort to de-escalate the tensions over the Suez Canal, Canada volunteered to send peacekeeping troops. The Egyptians, to Canada’s surprise, objected to the presence of Canadians troops. The uniforms, the regimental names and the Canadian flags all seemed very similar to those of the British invaders and, the Egyptians argued, their people would not understand any distinction between the two. So Canada agreed that rather than sending infantry soldiers, we would send a reconnaissance unit, signals and supply troops, and also help with the airlift of personnel and cargo – all vital to the success of the UN mission.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches His followers about the importance of peacemaking. He says that peacemakers are blessed because they shall be called the children of God. There is a story in the Old Testament that illustrates this well. David and his men had requested help from a very wealthy man named Nabal. When Nabal heard the request he refused, mocking David. David reacted by getting 400 men together to go and destroy Nabal. Before they could head out to do so, Nabal’s wise wife Abigail rushes to David with supplies and an apology and David is moved. In 1 Samuel 25:32-33 we read: “David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.”” David realized that he had reacted out of emotion and was grateful to Abigail for what she had done. What can you do today to bring peace to a potentially violent situation?
These have been words from the heart.