peace on earth

You hear about it a lot this time of year, be it on the news or just around the office, but especially if you are or around Christian(s). Some examples:
The book of Isiah — “His name shall be called … Prince of Peace.”
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear — “The days are hast’ning on … when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling.”
O Holy Night — His law is love and His gospel is peace.”
And of course the song Let There Be Peace On Earth

We hear about it, but how much are we living it? We speak of peace, but then what? On my travels in October, I picked up this amazing book called The Peace Book, which gives “108 simple ways to create a more peaceful world.” I’m not quite done the book, but it’s been an amazing resource for me already. The book contains great suggestions, like: exercise your opportunities for democracy; celebrate the heroes and heroines of nonviolence; travel on a peace mission; empower the children; broadcast from the peace frequency (you’ll have to get the book to find out about that one). I highly suggest you purchase or find this book, and maybe even request that your local library purchase it. Find out how you can start living in peace every day.

We live in a world full of hatred, oppression, and violence seemingly around every corner. How can I, as one person, combat this? The Peace Book give what it called the Four Principles of Peace as a basis for transforming your life and the world.
1. Community (we are all connected and deserve mutual respect, appreciation of differences, and equal dignity and worth)
2. Cooperation (we are co-creating our shared reality as partners, whether we like it or not)
3. Nonviolence (love is the power that connects us and heals what violence destroys)
4. Witness (we must become living witnesses to the power and promise of peace)

We all are at a different starting point, but if we actively strive to living a life of peace and nonviolence and witness that reality in our daily lives, we can start to make the waves that will change the world.

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