At my recent Neighborhood Coffee Klatch, the participants noticed something wonderfully unique: in attendance that morning there were just as many multi-national transplants as there were ‘Yanks’. Our neighborhood is growing to be a true melting pot of many different countries and cultures.
AND WE FEEL GREAT ABOUT IT.
The growing diversity of my suburban neighborhood is beautiful; it’s as beautiful a landscape as I’ve always imagined the diversity of America was at the turn of the last century. The tech boom is changing who ‘we’ are. And we can take advantage of this newest migration and build a beautiful legacy for Seattle.
The Christian faith embraces The Great Commission, to “go into all the world” and give people Good News that they are beloved by God, that they matter, that they are forgiven. Well, if you’re a person of faith living in this area, you might consider saving yourself the cost of the airfare, because “the world is coming to Seattle.”
If you want to bring about Peace on Earth, I encourage you to start by stepping outside your front door. My suburban Seattle neighborhood is not an anomaly. As our tech boom continues people are moving here from all over the country and from all over the world, bringing with them different cultures, languages, beliefs and social customs. And they’re moving right next door to you.
Can we launch from our reputation for inclusiveness and extend that to our next-door neighbors?
The women at my Klatch love the idea that our children are growing up in an environment where diversity is the norm. Having friends from diverse backgrounds creates an opportunity to become an adult that is not fearful of people who are different from you. Fear is a key destroyer of Peace.
We can be neighbors across our differences and our children can grow up living “Peace on Earth,” not just wearing it on t-shirts or writing in on holiday cards.
I hope this holiday season can be a beginning of Peace on Earth in your neighborhood.
- Consider hosting a Holiday Coffee (or Tea, if you must 😉
- Organize a Cookie Exchange
- Invite the 10 houses closest to yours over for a brief evening of Hot Chocolate or Hot Totties
- Deliver cookies and a Starbucks gift card to a few people on your block that you’d like to get to know better
I wrote the draft of this post right after my Klatch, feeling full of good things and hopefulness. Then, I had to take a break to take my son to get a haircut. While waiting, I checked my phone and saw the headline that made my heart sink: At Least 14 Dead in San Bernardino Shooting, and I thought Dear God, not again.
The event seemed to mock my little, happy blog. I hesitated to do this post at all, thinking it was so silly in the face of such horrific violence.
But then a second thought came to mind. A favorite, old Christmas Carol:
And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong, And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.’
Let’s do our best to not let Peace on Earth be relegated only to lofty songs, Hollywood movie endings or the whispers of our dreams.
Let’s purpose together to let Peace on Earth be real. Let’s purpose to not give in to hopelessness, but to embrace what we each can do for one another. Let’s move toward one another in the spirit of friendship.
Let Peace on Earth begin with a simple cup of coffee with our neighbors.