Peace photo by VincePal
For those of you seeking a moment of reflection or inspiration on a difficult day. Photo by VincePal

If you’re not in the frame of mind to enjoy football this afternoon I understand. I’m not. Acts of violence happen around the world all too frequently.  So if you’re seeking words or images of inspiration, words or images to meditate on tonight, words, images, or sounds to bring those feelings of sadness and mourning to the forefront, or just something beautiful to behold while still being mindful of the events from today, here are a few that I found.

Peace is not just a cliche

It’s not just a word

Peace is the power to fly [free] in a flock

– The statement accompanying the photo above

Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens:by B.S. Wise
Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens:by B.S. Wise

“You have to carry the fire.”
I don’t know how to.”
Yes, you do.”
Is the fire real? The fire?”
Yes it is.”
Where is it? I don’t know where it is.”
Yes you do. It’s inside you. It always was there. I can see it.”
― Cormac McCarthyThe Road


by Maya Angelou

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft.   Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound.
We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war.   But true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, and comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace.  We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

One response to “Peace”

  1. Well said Matt.

    The danger to me is not as much in the action but the reaction. While obviously awful, what concerns me is the intense amount of attention we give to terrorist acts which, ironically, reinforce the acts of extremists.

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