Prayer for PEACE in the new year

Let There Be Peace On Earth, and let it begin with me." This opening line of a popular song aptly describes the deeply personal approach each of the following six writers is taking in thinking about world peace. And while the places they call home span five continents, they have one theme in common—their faith in the supremacy of God's love in human affairs.

Although diverse in their cultures and geographical locations, these spiritual thinkers agree that prayer to the universal divine Mind leads to practical, sustainable solutions to the most intransigent situations. The prayer they're talking about is not some hothouse daydream of Utopia. Rather, it's the prayer that comes from a faith in the healing, provable power of divine Love.

These writers are finding that through living God's love day to day—even in small and modest ways—personal, family, community, and, ultimately, world peace is becoming more evident. Without discounting the urgent needs of those caught up in war, violent circumstances, or the oppression of injustice, they each say in their own way that world peace is attainable—"... and it always begins with me."

Prayer at home and in the world
January 5, 2004

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