We live in a broken world, where people of faith and goodness yearn for peace and justice. Who can watch the trouble in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting death of Michael Brown and not see our brokenness – and then not yearn for justice and peace? Who can watch the on-going conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza region and not see our brokenness – and then not yearn for peace and justice? Who can watch the conflicts in Iraq and not see our brokenness – and then not yearn for justice and peace?

With our immediate access to media and social media, we are able to see such brokenness easily, quickly and emotionally. Some of those images are accurate, many are biased and partial, but all of them reveal the many ways in which humanity is broken. And so we yearn for peace and justice in our individual lives, in our churches and communities, in our nation, and in our world.

It helps me to realize that justice and peace are not static. They are a road, a pathway and a journey – they are not a parking lot where we arrive and can rest or "park" our lives. To find justice and peace, we must travel in the ways of justice and peace. Once we stray from the path, we move away from justice and peace. Once we think we have arrived and are finished, then we have quit the journey to justice and peace. Once we allow roadblocks or other rude drivers or even the "road rage" of some to detour us, then we have lost our sense of being on the journey to peace and justice. It is a journey, and we must keep traveling the journey.

Will we ever find peace and justice and be able to "rest" in those qualities? Probably not in this life. If ever and whenever we stop seeking peace and justice, we leave the pathway. And we allow evil and brokenness and heartache to surge forward. In the midst of our present, ordinary lives it is so easy to get off that path. Perhaps it will only be as we gather together at the Banquet Table of the Kingdom of Heaven that we will finally rest in peace and justice. Until then ... we must walk the pathway of peace and justice.

Perhaps some will ask, "How can my walking the pathway of peace and justice make a difference in so many broken places in our world today?" The answer, I believe, is given in the second of the Three Simple Rules of John Wesley: do all the good we can, in all the places we can, to all the people we can, in all the ways we can, for as long as we can. We can't fix it all, but we can do what we can do. We can walk the path of peace and justice each day. We can treat every person we encounter with the love of God. We can offer the peace of Christ in every relationship in our life which is strained or broken. We can seek peace in every small action, every purchase we make, every vote we cast, every decision we make. We can use the words of peace in every Facebook post, every email and every conversation. We can seek justice and offer justice into every situation of our own lives.

We can't fix it all. But we can do what we can do – as we walk the pathway of peace and justice. May God help us to stay on that path.