Lessons from an old-fashioned hymn

What if peace were powerful?

"Peace, the earnest of salvation;/Peace, the fruit of conquered sin ...." Hymnal, No. 276, adapted from Charles Wesley's hymn. These lines from one of Charles Wesley's hymns are found in the Christian Science Hymnal. The words are familiar, but the concept may not be.

Perhaps there's something enormously important to learn from this old hymn—something crucial to understand if we are to make the contribution to peace we desire to make.

The peace the hymn is describing isn't of course just the absence of conflict among nations or individuals. It's a state of consciousness. It's something beyond ordinary thought. Yet it flows abundantly—from God. The hymn goes on:

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Perpetual peace: the law of Life
May 5, 1986

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