Peace Giving

"This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."
Peace Pilgrim

The world is a dangerous place now. It always has been. The nature of the dangers change, but danger has always been here. Though we pray for it, we have not yet attained peace on earth, except that which resides in the hearts of individuals. Throughout history, some people have learned to open their hearts to their fellow humans and to the world at large. They have carried peace with them. Those fortunate enough to encounter these carriers of peace may have become infected with that love also.

Others could not be touched by love. They held to their prejudices, their grudges and their defenses. How sad to have been an acquaintance of Jesus or Buddha or St. Francis or some other great being and have missed the opportunity to share in the peace.

Peace givers live now. People in this world live lives of compassion and kindness. They are around us. We must wake up though to recognize them and share in their peace.

It is perhaps not in our power to change the entire world instantly, but we can change ourselves. We can affect those around us by living in the spirit of love, by being more forgiving, more accepting, more honest. We can only do what we can do, but we can do something. What can you do?  

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