The idea of making peace is complex. For years, people have complimented my “peaceful spirit,” and I understood that phrase to mean: quiet, agreeable, soft, and pleasant. I thought that was my peace-making contribution to the world around me.
But the more I look at the lives of other women who sought to make peace in this life, the more I realize that making peace is so much more. It’s quiet sometimes, but other times it’s loud. Sometimes it’s not agreeable at all; instead it’s resistant. And peacemaking is not always soft; sometimes it’s standing firm and strong.
I have learned from these 10 women that peacemaking is most often unpleasant. Because where peace is most needed to be made is where there is no peace at all. Peacemaking requires the peaceful to walk into unpleasant, unpeaceful situations.
Here are 10 women, both throughout history and currently making history, who’s lives show that peacemaking often doesn’t look very peaceful, but oh, is it worth it.
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