I Remember For Peace

11/10/2012

I remember for Peace

When Mother Teresa was invited to participate in a march against war she responded, “No. But if you have a march for peace, I will be there.” This is how I feel, along with millions of others around the globe. This time of year I wear a poppy for over a month and display a wreath of poppies in my yard, because I remember. And I pray nearly constantly for peace. I meditate on peace. I visualize world peace. I dream about world peace. And I harbour hope for world peace.

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I am profoundly thankful for the armed forces who have fought and are fighting for the freedoms I appreciate every day. However I pray for a time when mothers and fathers do not watch their grown children going to war and risking death. To have their children come home, if they are so lucky, often with unfortunate scars running deeper on the inside than the outside. I cry on November 11th during the minute of silence at 11 in the morning, every time, because my heart goes out to every one affected by war. The soldiers and the civilians. The loved ones left behind and the people who are assisted by military there to help. Trying to help in a helpless situation. I cry because war is still happening. Then the minute comes to a close and I open my eyes, wipe my cheeks, and focus on peace. I contemplate how I can add to the energy of peace in the world, how I can encourage acceptance of differences, and how I can epitomize and encourage kindness.

There is so much to be hopeful about. There are so many individuals and organizations doing wonderful work creating a more peaceful world. We can focus more of our attention on raising children into adults who celebrate diversity. We can help foster a sense of a global community by encouraging and supporting organizations such as Playing For Change and CitizenKid

Check out these titles as a few of the incredible books listed in the bookstore at CitizenKid:

If The World Were A Village: A Book About The World’s People
This Child, Every Child: A Book About The World’s Children
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made A Big Difference
The Good Garden: How One Family Went From Being Hungry To Having Enough
Mimi’s Village: And How Basic Healthcare Transformed It

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“We will have peace. We will because we must. We must because we cherish life.” ~ Holly Near

13 responses to I Remember For Peace

  1. 

    What a wonderful post, I cry with you as do many. May the conflicts and wars end and allow for peace. I agree that children are the path to eventual peace and acceptance as well as the appreciation of diversity. God has blessed us with your gifts of love. Thank you for sharing them.

    • 

      Your kind comment means so much to me. Thank you deeply. It is wonderful to connect with a similar sensitive spirit. Yes, let’s encourage children and educators, parents, everyone, to accept ‘otherness’ and move ever closer to peace. Bless your heart!

  2. 

    Such a moving post. Join with you in remembering.

  3. 

    Gina,
    I so agree that the way to prevent war is to raise our next generation and those to follow with a strong love of global community, tolerance and kindness. All values that you so beautifully promote here. Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Love,
    Cathy

    • 

      Hello Cathy, yes I believe strongly in instilling understanding and tolerance in today’s youth and those to follow, as you wisely put it. Humanity can learn to settle differences peacefully, a truth I cling to with fervent hope! Thank you so very kindly for your wonderful comment my friend.
      With love, Gina

  4. 

    Speak, Gina. The Almighty is working through you. I do as well cry and remember November 11. The Fallen have a lot to show us and tell us if they were still here. War is no sweet story–for whatever reason that sparked it. I pray for world peace. I pray for people like you.

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    emocrippled 11/11/2012 at 8:40 am

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  6. 

    This is beautiful, and such a wonderful way to remember… Remembering with a vision for peace, not to life up the romantic legend of war. Thank you for sharing! I continue to pray with you.

    • 

      Thank you so much for this sweet comment Liz. I am so glad you understand that I remember specifically because I believe in peace, not to romanticize war. Let’s continue to pray. Thanks again 🙂

  7. 

    I’m glad that I have found such a wonderful person to share special parts of my life’s adventure with, my friend. Thank you for sharing so much of your heart and spirit with me and so many others, Gina!
    Russ

    • 

      Your wonderful visit and incredibly kind comments have cheered me tremendously today. You are someone whom I am so happy to have connected with in our big, beautiful online family. You are a bright light in the world Russ. Thank YOU for being you.
      Warm hugs, Gina