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An author wrote, “I was transformed the day my ego shattered, and all the superficial, material, things that mattered to me before, suddenly ceased to matter.” I, too, have this belief that material things are not as important as what I once valued them to be. Maybe it is because these things have lost their superficial luster. However, at the top of my list of what I value the most is God, family, and country.

As we approach the holidays to celebrate in our own special way, consider what will really matter to you. I can think of several things. “Peace” comes to mind when I think about the world in which we live in today.  It has been expressed that any nation that becomes utterly materialistic and heartless in its relationships will eventually lead to moral corruption and failure.

Many Christmas cards sent and received this year will be inscribed with “Peace on Earth.” But can peace be a reality or is it just a figment of our imagination to incite wishful thinking. There is a quote that reads “peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.”

Humans were created with special social attributes. One is that we are constantly in search of “peace and good will for all.” By our human nature, we are protectors of family. We want to assure that our family and friends are living in a safe environment. However, the sad reality is that we live in a world where violence seems to have become the acceptable norm.  Individuals are attacked because they hold different opinions on issues. With so much violence around the world, we need a clarion call for peace because the hearts of many have turned away from peaceful solutions and toward acts of terror.

The clarion call for peace was echoed in the constitution “we the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves.” So, the clarion call to all people was to seek peaceful solution. Dr. Martin Luther King pleaded for a perfect union where all people lived together in harmony and peace. The Creator also had the idea of Peace in mind as inscribed in the Model prayer, “thou will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

It is said that a little boy was invited to a birthday party. On his way home his mother asked him, if he had thanked the lady and so, he replied “a girl thanked her before me and the lady said to her don’t mention it.” So, I didn’t. This holiday, let’s give a special gift of thanks and a call for peace to all, where ever we go.

Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten