Peace on Earth

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Christmas is now only two sleeps away!  I have found that sometimes the countdown is the best part of Christmas.  The anticipation of the Christmas meal, the bustle of wrapping presents, and the sweet-smelling warmth of baking keeps us happily and peacefully occupied.  And yet, the reality of Christmas for many in our global community is conflict and suffering.

“Peace on Earth” is the second theme that has stayed with me throughout the years.  This week, I want to explore “peace” as we understand it within the human experience.  Peace is the hope of all, the seemingly unattainable dream that inspires us to persevere in the face of insurmountable odds.  Jimi Hendrix once said: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

As we celebrate this joyous season, may we reach out and express the power of peace through love.

Singing – The Power

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“Music can change the world because it can change people.”
Bono
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”
Jimi Hendrix

Changing Colours

I remember when Peter, Paul and Mary sang “Blowing in the Wind” at The Great March on Washington on Wednesday, August 28, 1963.  It was the day Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The world moved forward that day.  And we all remember the song…

Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.