PEACE on the 2nd Sunday of Advent
By Eve and Peter McPheeters
In 1867, only 3 years after the founding of this place of peace and presence by the sea, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel gave the world the gift of dynamite. It was his hope that it might one day lead to world peace. He said:
Perhaps my dynamite plants will put an end to war…on the day that two armies can annihilate each other in one second; all civilized nations will recoil from war in horror.
Later in his life, Nobel realized just how wrong he was, so he tried to use his amassed wealth to leave a positive legacy. In creating and funding his Nobel Peace Prize, he said:
“I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea…but I am skeptical as to its results.” He has unfortunately been proven right, so far.
Only a few decades later, Albert Einstein, himself a Nobel prize winner, gave us the keys to nuclear annihilation. And like Nobel, he also came to realize that mutually assured destruction was not the path to peace.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker….
Einstein also said, “When the solution is simple, God is answering”….Well, the solution is simple…and we don’t all need to be Einstein’s.
It begins with me…and you….and you
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
Let this be my solemn vow….
To take each moment….
And live each moment…
In peace eternally….
Let there be peace on earth…
And let it begin with me.
Peace be with you