“Keep thyself first in peace, and then thou wilt be able to bring others to peace.” — Thomas a Kempis
My blog posts are usually scheduled ahead, but today I feel the need to step in and comment on world events. My heart is heavy with all the major outbreaks of violence and war in the world right now.
So what can we do? How should we react?
First we must remember that war does not create peace.
To have peace we must be peace.
To put a stop to the war and violence in the world we must put a stop to the war and violence in our own countries, cities, towns, neighborhoods and families, but first and foremost in our own hearts.
Violence and war in our world comes from fear so we must work to keep fear in check.
In a world that seems so dark we are desperately needed to shine the light of God. As small as your light may seem, let it shine. When we all shine the light together the world will be flooded with light.
Finally please join me in saying the prayer for protection over all (including innocent civilians and children) who are currently in harms way due to war and other forms of violence.
The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us;
Wherever we are, God is!
“Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable—that mankind is doomed—that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade—therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” — John F. Kennedy in his 1963 A Strategy of Peace speech.
One of the things I enjoy most about surfing around the internet looking for information for Espirational is the little unexpected gems I sometimes find. My search for information on Desmond Tutu led me to the website for the Nobel Peace Prize.
There I found a game. Send the Peace Doves out on their mission to disarm nuclear weapons throughout the world. You choose the destination for each dove. There is a lot of reading involved because there are extensive clues, but I think you will learn some things you didn’t know. I did.
So visit the Nobel website and send out those Peace Doves.
“Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited.” — Alice Walker [From Living by the word: selected writings, 1973-1987, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 192, (1989). ]
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on. ” — John F. Kennedy [Source: Address to the United Nations General Assembly, 1963]
“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”…. Peace Pilgrim [Source: http://www.peacepilgrim.com]