Pastor Andy and Maggie Trocmé weren’t the only ones in the family who stood against injustice during the war. A cousin, Daniel, also joined in the effort to coordinate a network of concerned and active persons who would provide care and hiding for Jewish citizens and refugees. Like so many around the village of Le Chambon, he too placed his own life in great peril while serving the needs of others under constant threat of deportation and violence.
Where do we find peace in the defining moments of life? What about when our burdens so pile up as to overwhelm us and threaten despair? For Daniel Trocmé, the work was deeply meaningful, though swamped by the sheer magnitude of the Nazi regime and the struggle between Allied and Axis powers. Against those steep odds, what might have kept Daniel going as his own future grew less clear?
Perhaps he felt a bit like John the Baptist, about whom John 1:6-8 says, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.”
One way to sustain peace is to identify where the Light of Christ is shining and follow it. Although my life may not be easy, and even if there seems to be persistent shadow over some circumstances in our time, the Light of the World is always shining. In those places where the Light is breaking forth – in kindness, generosity, humility, selflessness, advocacy, and justice in its many expressions – you and I can also reflect its rays.