How can we bring peace to troubled lands around the world when we have rancor in our own troubled hearts? I have seen much anger and pained words in my life, but never have I seen so much incivility as I have in the past couple of years surrounding the recent election.
What is done is done. What is ahead is ours to create.
Will we create peace, or will we create more pain? How do we create peace anyway?
Regardless of faith or creed, can we start with these words?
Let There Be Peace on Earth
by Sy Miller and Bill Jackson.
Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!
With God as our Father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!
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At the beginning of a football game, players from both teams say prayers. At the end, they shake hands regardless of the violence that may have occurred on the field.
An election is often compared to a football game with fans lining up on both sides for THEIR team.
A lot more is on the line in an election than a football game, though. The emotions raised in the election occurring on today’s date have certainly shown how important this one is.
Regardless of the outcome, I hope that we can literally or metaphorically shake hands and work towards peaceful means of resolving conflict in the future. The rancor that has permeated the airwaves and social media of late tells me we have a ways to go.
As I post this, the polls have closed in my state of Ohio. What is done is done, at least we hope, if it was done in a fair and effective manner.
May the angels have our backs as we go forward form this point.