A person reading The Big Book of Christian Mysticism emailed me this morning to comment on my reflection on the paradox of mercy and justice in chapter seven. He sent me a link to an essay by the peacemaker John Paul Lederach, which is in essence a meditation on Psalm 85, especially verse 10:
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Lederach relates this to his experience working for conflict transformation in Nicaragua. He ponders on what a meeting with Truth, Mercy, Justice, and Peace — as if they were actual persons, each with needs but also each seeking a transformative relationship with the other — might look it. It’s a fascinating thought experiment.
Read it for yourself here: John Paul Lederach, “The Meeting Place”