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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Alpena

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1975

Subject/Title of Window: Blessed are the Peacemakers

Brief Description of Subject: Blessed are the Peacemakers for They Shall Be Called the Sons of God
Many may be peace lovers on their own terms, but few of these are true peacemakers. Peace involves the achievement of perfect welfare, and the right personal relationship involving humanity and good will.
A peacemaker may be considered a fighter since he attacks the causes and the symptoms of evil. He is not content with injustice and sin but is at war with it. He fights for truth and righteousness.
Every peacemaker is a fighter-but not every fighter is a peacemaker. The peacemaker is in warfare to pardon, to have mercy and to bring peace.
To be fully realized peace must be sought on three levels:
  1. We must make peace with ourselves
  2. We must make peace in our relationships with our fellow human beings. Many sow strife; few sow peace. Music comes from diversity in harmony.
  3. We must make peace in our relationships with God. We need to be lifted up, and only God can do that.
God gave his son so that we might restore right relations to ourselves, to others, and to God. Christ can bridge any gulf or chasm.
Blessed are those who foster right relationships in all spheres of life-for they are doing a great work. God honors the peacemakers among us; and calls them the “Sons of God”.

Dove- Symbol of Peace
Doves held a certain significance in Old Jewish worship. Doves were used as sacrifices.
The Dove, returning to Noah and bearing the Olive Branch, presented an expectation of Happiness, Prosperity, and Peace.

Palm Leaf-Symbol of Victory
Portrays the happiness one can feel when good relationships with people are maintained or restored.
Blessed is the Person When He is a Peace Maker
That person is aware of Gods peace is at ease with himself. Develops a right kind of relationship with persons close to him. Sense injustice between people. Exerts effort to foster harmony and peace. Can see God’s Love in action.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 105"

Width: 24"

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

Blessed are the Peacemakers
Blessed are the Peacemakers

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