Hammer of Peace
by Cheri Cowell
In 1961, folk singer Peter Yarrow met Maryland standup comic Noel Paul Stookey in Greenwich Village. Noel then introduced Peter to actress/singer Mary Travers. With the release of “If I Had a Hammer” in August 1962, the diverse harmony of Peter, Paul and Mary would win the hearts of millions with a new sound and a powerful message.
Diverse harmony seems like an oxymoron, but when we witness it taking place we realize it is not contradictory at all. The Bible tells us the Jewish law had been used to divide people, yet Christ came to end the use of the law as a hammer that divides. Instead, Christ converted the hammer into a tool of justice and the alarm bell into a call for freedom. When we bring our unique gifts to God, He combines them with the gifts of others and transforms that combination into something beautiful. What we once thought were incongruent gifts, when placed in God’s hands, become powerful tools for the cause of peace.
The next time you find yourself at odds with someone, look for the ways God might forge a hammer of peace between you if you’ll willingly place your wills in His hands—the hard part is you may have to go first.
“The Jewish law had many commands and rules, but Christ ended that law. His purpose was to make the two groups of people become one new people in him and in this way make peace” (Ephesians 2:15 NCV).