As I woke up this morning to a quiet, safe, and blessed home, I felt a rush of gratitude for the many blessings that God has showered upon me and all of us who awaken to see this day. I enjoy the peace of the early mornings, this time allows me to think clearly and to reflect upon my day. But like many of you today, my peace was shattered like a glass with the piercing news that we have had yet another tradegy upon our shores inflicted upon the most innocent of our national family, our children. Anger, disbelief, frustration, pain and worry quickly descend upon our chests like a cinder block. How could such a thing happen? How can we prevent this? Who is at fault? These and many other questions will be bantered around by the talking heads for the next few weeks until another story takes the national stage. Some will shout we need less guns! Others will shout we need more guns! Some will demand an inquiry, while others want more security? But how can the nation legislate the evil that sometimes fills the hearts of men?
I too wish that there was a magic button that could eradicate evil. I too wish that Washington, DC could simply pass a bill that would make these tragedies go away, but I am not so naive to believe in such simple solutions. Nor am I so callous to believe that there is nothing that can be done to bring about a change toward peace among men. As we pray for peace, and join together to support the victims of this senseless act of violence, let us not forget that one person can make a difference. The LIFE business may not be able to deter all of these vile acts, but by you and I growing ourselves and our communities we may be able to help someone who’s life seems to be hopeless. We may be able to help a family learn to love one another, or give some lonely person a place of joy and a sense of belonging. When we knock on doors we bring the faith of God with us to those that may never attend a Church. We bring fun to those that life has given a permanent scowl. We offer structure to parents that cannot seem to manage the stress of raising their children. We offer resources that may keep the sting of divorce from destroying the fabric of a family. What we do in LIFE is more than just a business to earn money…by doing our small part, we can make a difference in one life at a time. And maybe…just maybe that one changed life will bring an Amazing Peace to our world…
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
By Dr. Maya Angelou
Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.
Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.
We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?
Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.
It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.
Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.
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. It is louder.
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, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.
We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.
It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.
On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.
At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.
We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world 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.