Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Peace is What?

So what is Peace anyhow?

How will we know we have achieved it?

How can we know if it will last?

Consider the words of UN founder Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche:
Peace, to have meaning for many who have known only suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread, rice, shelter, health and education as well as freedom and human dignity.

Are you prepared for that level of peace in your heart?

What will it take to bring that kind of peace to our world?

Which of the presidential candidates in the USA will be most likely to build leadership towards this kind of peace?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9-11-2001- Remembered and Felt

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

It was a sunny day in Alabama on September 11, 2001.

No one wanted to be indoors watching the news.

But we were glued to the screens of computers and televisions and cell phones.

The Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger airplanes.

They crashed two planes into the Twin Towers in NYC.
We saw that happen over and over and over again on the news that day and for weeks afterwards.

A third plane flew into the Pentagon building in Virginia.

The fourth flight crashed in western Pennsylvania in spite of the efforts of passengers to regain control of the plane.

This was horror on a grande scale on American soil.

It ripped the soul of the nation.

It tore at hearts all around the world.

9/11 will always be remembered by those who lived it in 2001.

We will know where we were and what we did perhaps forever.

Remembering those who have fallen in this horrid terrorist attack and those who have suffered in the times since then as the stories snowballed across the land.

Praying today for all who suffer and who serve to prevent suffering.

There is no peace in the hearts of terrorists. For that I am filled with sorrow.

It disturbs my peace and fuels the fires of hatred among so many others with distraught hearts.

I pray for peace today in honor of all the caregivers who helped and who continue to help the victims and the rescuers. . . yes, and the rescuers who became victims.