A Wish for Peace

Too often war is viewed, usually by those far away from the front, as a glorious and heroic adventure. To those in the trenches, in the Humvees, and in the mountains of Afghanistan, it is anything but.

This past Sunday in church there was a special lay-service put together for Veterans Day. It featured World War I poetry written by those who fought and saw (and in some cases, experienced) the tragic waste of life first hand. The poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were particularly powerful.

At the end of the service, they played a version of Tom Waits’s “Day After Tomorrow.” You can read the lyrics here.

On this Veterans Day I am feeling the same way I have always felt: extremely grateful for our soldiers’ service and sacrifice. And unbelievably sorry.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

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One Response to “A Wish for Peace”

  1. Marc Tumeinski says:

    Your comment provides a great impetus to read what Jesus said about peace. The books of the New Testament were written in Greek, and the Greek noun for peace (eirene) plus closely related adjectives (e.g., peaceful) and other nouns (e.g, peacemaker) are used over 90 times in the New Testament. Over twenty of these are in the Gospels. Most of them are spoken by Jesus.

    Mt 5:9
    Mt 10:13
    Mt 10:34

    Mk 5:34
    Mk 9:50

    Lk 7:50
    Lk 8:48
    Lk 10:5
    Lk 10:6
    Lk 11:21
    Lk 12:51
    Lk 14:32
    Lk 19:42
    Lk 24:36

    Jn 14:27
    Jn 16:33
    Jn 20:19
    Jn 20:21
    Jn 20:26

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