“Peace on Earth, Joy to the World”
Those are phrases we hear so often around this time of year. What a wondrous time that would be if we truly had peace, if the world was indeed full of joy! We need not only to strive for an end of wars, but for an end to the hatred and bitterness that is so divisive.
We cannot begin to hope for peace on Earth if we can’t even find peace in our own hearts. We can’t expect the world to be joyous as long as we continue to wrap ourselves in veils of inequity.
A heart filled with anger will never know peace. A heart that holds hatred will surely never be peaceful. In the midst of turbulence, it may be easy to lash out or to want vengeance. The more difficult route is to find a way to bring about positive change, to strive for peace. Hatred piled upon hatred will never bring an end to turmoil. Peace will remain elusive and joy unattainable.
A heart filled with prejudice, discrimination, chauvinism, bias or bigotry can never truly be a home to peace. If our hearts harbor ill will toward those that are different from us, peace will elude us. If we spend our time putting others down, we will never find peace. When we waste our days trying to convince others that they need to change based on our ideals of what is wrong with them, we won’t find peace.
Peace on Earth, good will toward men. Indeed.
May our hearts be filled with love, turning away from all that would hinder us from finding peace. May we come to know the joy that love can bring to the world. May we all be accepting. May we put aside intolerance.
I celebrate Christmas. Most often I will say “Merry Christmas” but I’m certainly never offended when someone wishes me a Happy Holiday. They are not doing a disservice to the spirit of Christmas. They are spreading some joy, offering a glimpse of Peace on Earth.
“Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” ~ Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955. Those words ring true today, still.
This Christmas, I pray for peace and joy for all of us, for the world.