23 Dec Peace
For centuries we have written volumes, composed great arias, and spoken in stately eloquence of our yearning for peace. Each generation has expressed its desire for peace in their own way from protests to gestures to great spiritual awakenings to overthrows of government.
Peace. It is the desire of man’s heart, yet as elusive as the next morning. It is the single gift we wish to bequeath to our children and yet the most difficult to achieve for ourselves. It is the hope that is as dear as our next breath.
An ancient writing once spoke of an angelic host declaring “Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men,” as weary shepherds huddled with their sheep on a lonely hillside bedazzled and confused by the sight before them.
Today, over two thousand years later, we still find ourselves huddled on our own hillsides, hands shielding our eyes against the glare of a confused and troubled world. We struggle to hear the message of “peace on earth” that is threatened by the din of strive and despair.
In recent years our contemporary artists have moved us with the words, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” We understand that the original message on that hillside was meant to remind us that the Prince of Peace had come but only to hearts willing to receive.
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me” is the answer to “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men.” The eternal wish of peace, indeed, begins with a willing heart and listening ear.
From each of us on our “hillside” to you on yours may we all find hope, joy and, of course, peace this Christmas and in the coming year.
Wishing all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous Happy New Year!