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Often at this time of the year, we join in the prayer for peace on Earth, and goodwill to all men (and women).

This year my prayer is a bit different.

Don’t get me wrong, I still yearn for peace.
I still wish us, all of us, every last one of us, good will.
This world needs peace, rooted and grounded in justice.

And yet I wonder sometimes whether the prayer for peace is a formality.

I wonder if we pray for peace, and wake up the next day realizing the world is still broken and unjust, and move on with our lives.

I wonder if it all seems too daunting, too overwhelming, too much, too big, too unfixable.

So this year, while still wishing for peace and good will towards all, I pray for something else.

I pray that we work, each and every day, to make this world just a little more kind.
I pray that we strive to alleviate just a little bit of suffering.
I pray that we work to bring a bit of kindness into the lives of people we come across.
I pray that we connect lives of people here with people there.
I pray that we live to bring a bit of beauty into our every day lives.

I pray that we realize that true peace has to be connected to justice, and that if we are serious about peace on Earth we have to work to establish justice here and there, everywhere.    I pray that we realize that “peace on Earth” has to be rooted in the commitment to the sanctity of human life Dr. King talked about in his 1967 Christmas Day sermon.  Take a minute or two to read it.

I pray that we awaken to the realization that you and I are not meant to live as we live.
I pray that we come to see that another world is possible, and we come to be participants in making it so.

May that be the beginning of peace on Earth and good will to all women and men.

7 Comments

  1. Peace is more elusive than we think. Author C. David Coates wrote an eye opening poem which, like a mirror, exposes us to truths we may not wish to see. Here is a slightly modified version of that poem.

    “Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for ‘Peace on Earth.'”

    The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. I did and you can too. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

  2. You lost me at “prayer”.

    If God exists and is interested, He could grant you this prayer of peace.
    He either has no interest or He has decided to refuse to reveal Himself in a way which would destroy your right to deny that he exists (free will).
    Why ask such a ‘god’ for anything? Why bother?

    We humans will be able to accomplish much more toward peace once we all agree that God is nonsense and we are left to fend for ourselves.

  3. Anyone who wants a REASONABLE answer as to why God allows suffering and hasn’t yet brought “peace on earth”, read the info in the link:
    http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/why-does-god-allow-suffering/

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