After a Remembrance Day service, I talked with a stranger about the tragic loss of life in war. He quickly gravitated to expressing sympathy for families of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who lost a family member in Afghanistan. When I asked if he felt sympathy for Afghan families also, whether combatants or not, he looked at me in stunned silence, turned, and walked away.

When someone is declared to be the enemy, usually by governments, citizens of those governments often unquestioningly accept that declaration. Yet is the "enemy" not also a thinking, feeling, breathing human like us?

When we start to consider how the "enemy" is like us, the rationale for fighting begins to unravel and becomes gradually replaced with a desire to know, understand, and assist these strangers.

Reaching the Other Side is the story of someone brave enough to get to know the "enemy". Earl S. Martin, an M.C.C. worker in Vietnam at the end of the war, recounts the fascinating journey of faith that brought him into face-to-face contact with the North Vietnamese military, the "enemy".

His story gives us a modern glimpse into the peace vision that the writer of Ephesians presents.

"For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. " Ephesians 2:14-16.

What might making peace with our political enemies look like? What might making peace with our personal enemies look like?

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