How do you picture peace? Is your life peaceful on the surface but maybe not so
peaceful just below?
This is the tranquil scene I found recently in the countryside of Massachusetts.
Trees turning red and yellow in early autumn, a white church steeple
punctuating the blue of the sky, a lush lawn laying a green carpet. A small
bench beckoning us to sit and enjoy. A picture of peace, right?
Yes, but here’s what this square block is: a battleground.
It’s been preserved more than 200 years now because here the first shots of the
American Revolution were fired. The colonists grabbed their rifles — the ones they owned
because they were farmers, not because they were trained military. They met
across the street in the tavern that still stands, waiting for the British
soldiers marching toward this spot.
The first blood shed in a long, gruesome conflict flowed on this patch of grass.
You could drive past this park and remain unaware of what happened here, except for
the large sculpture commemorating the rifle-bearing colonists. It’s worth
remembering Lexington because, from this violent encounter, an all-out war
resulted. The colonists won, against great odds, and today Americans live in
liberty unparalleled in the world.
Peace today covers the ground of battle at Lexington. Peace in my life is layered on
times of battle. While peace comes with no guarantees that it will last, I can
enjoy peace today more than if the battles had never happened. Sometimes peace
can be appreciated only because conflicts raged and resolved.
This is the whole picture of Lexington: guns and green together. Where are you right now? In a time of peace won through war? A time of conflict with peace still to come?
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