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A Time for Peace

December 16, 2011

By Sister Carolyn B.

What gives me hope during this Advent season?  In the midst of much turmoil in our world there are efforts to bring peace. It is a joy to know that our troops are returning safely home from Iraq to be reunited with family and friends this year at Christmas.

On the Third Sunday of Advent in our parish a local choral group presented an Advent prayer which included a reading of the poem Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou.  It is a beautiful expression of Advent hope for our world.  Here are a few stanzas from the poem.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.

Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
implore you to stay awhile with us
so we may learn by your shimmering light
how to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.
On this platform of peace, we can create a language
to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.
At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ

Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices to celebrate the promise of
Peace.

May we join our efforts for peace with those around the world who share our vision.

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