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
“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 McCarthy, The 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.