Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:08 AM

War & Peace

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:08 AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:08 AM

It is told that on July 16, 1945 at 5:30 a.m. “a light brighter than a thousand suns illuminated the desert sands of New Mexico.  One scientist who was watching wept.  ‘My God,’ he exclaimed, ‘we have created hell.’”

Norman Cousins said, “It makes little difference how magnificent are our new buildings or how impressive are our private kingdoms.  If no answer is found to WAR, all men will die poor.”

It is also told that “ninety–six years before the United Nations a World Peace Congress was held in Paris.  Victor Hugo was elected its president.  He said; “A day will come when there will be no other battlefields than markets open to commerce and minds receptive to ideas; a day when cannons will be exhibited in museums as instruments of torture are today…. A day will come when (man will unite) for the good of all these two infinite forces, the fraternity of man and the power of God.”

The prophet Isaiah said, “The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes.  They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.”  Isaiah 2:4, NL

A little child might ask, “Are we there yet?”

Sadly, we are not.  Humanity continues to war and plan for war.  It was James Reston who said, “…peace…usually starts in the mind of somebody who has a sense of pity for the staggering human race…”  Well, I know that Jesus has such a mind and is more than willing to give millions of human beings a piece of it!  May we continue to pray for peace and reconciliation marked by integrity and compassion for all the world.

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