Let there be peace


All we want for Christmas is peace on earth.

Is that too much to ask?

Unfortunately, peace isn’t on everyone’s Christmas list.

It seems our world is a tumultuous place. From squabbles and protests over the outcome of the presidential election to terrorist attacks happening on an almost daily basis, there’s not a lot of peace in sight. Last week brought turmoil in Barnwell County with a murder.

What must we do to obtain peace?

You can’t buy it in a store or order it from Amazon.

The answer lies within us all.

As the 1955 song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” says:

“Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With every step I take

Let this be my solemn vow.

To take each moment

And live each moment

With peace eternally.

Let there be peace on earth,

And let it begin with me.”

You see, we each possess the key to peace. It’s pretty simple, really, and doesn’t even have to cost you a dime.

Be kind to one another, especially those who believe differently than you. A smile, hug or random act of kindness goes a long way.

Use your talents wisely and for the good of others. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in Barnwell County to help make it a better place.

Think before you speak – or post to social media. We often say or post things that aren’t positive and will not lead to peace.

Let’s aim to be a blessing to others and this world instead of a problem. Be problem solvers, not trouble makers.

The true message of Christmas is about serving and giving to others, although it’s also what humanity should be about all year no matter what religion you may profess.

That’s the message sent over 2,000 years ago with the birth of Jesus in a tiny, ordinary manger in the town of Bethlehem. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords wasn’t born in a palace, but that doesn’t detract from his story.

This tiny baby, who came in the most humble way, grew up to die for the sins of mankind.

When proclaiming about Jesus’ birth, Luke 2:14 says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

Whether you celebrate the holidays in a Christian tradition or secular way, or even if you don’t celebrate Christmas at all, we ask that the message of faith, hope and love be translated into action so that we may all have a better world, a more peaceful future.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!