Monday, September 19, 2011

International Peace Day on September 21st: Commit Now For World Peace

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.--William Ewart Gladstone

On September 21,  2001, the United Nations voted unanimously to declare  that this day should be observed as an International Day of Peace.   The Assembly declared that the Day be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day.  World Peace Day encourages us to be kind to others, and teach others to be peaceful. 

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.--Mother Teresa

Each year on this day, celebrations are held in hundreds of countries, all with the same goal in stop war and violence.
Wouldn't it be nice if this one day succeeded and spread, country by country, day by day, until there is no more war or violence?  Wouldn't it be nice to finally have peace? 

Commit to the Global Truce Here

Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,
Let me once know.
I sought thee in a secret cave,
And ask'd, if Peace were there,
A hollow wind did seem to answer, No:
Go seek elsewhere.

I did; and going did a rainbow note:
Surely, thought I,
This is the lace of Peace's coat:
I will search out the matter.
But while I looked the clouds immediately
Did break and scatter.

Then went I to a garden and did spy
A gallant flower,
The crown-imperial: Sure, said I,
Peace at the root must dwell.
But when I digged, I saw a worm devour
What showed so well.

At length I met a rev'rend good old man;
Whom when for Peace

I did demand, he thus began:
There was a Prince of old
At Salem dwelt, who lived with good increase
Of flock and fold.

He sweetly lived; yet sweetness did not save
His life from foes.
But after death out of his grave
There sprang twelve stalks of wheat;
Which many wond'ring at, got some of those
To plant and set.

It prospered strangely, and did soon disperse
Through all the earth:
For they that taste it do rehearse
That virtue lies therein;
A secret virtue, bringing peace and mirth
By flight of sin.

Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
And grows for you;
Make bread of it: and that repose
And peace, which ev'ry where
With so much earnestness you do pursue,
Is only there.

George Herbert


  1. Good morning Mary. What a beautiful post today on peace. Loved the poem...I had never seen it anywhere....thanks for sharing it with us.



  2. Good Afternoon Mary,

    I am in full alignment with Peace Week. I've been busy listening to speakers on The Shift Network...yesterday was Jane Goodall and it was phenominal.

    I so loved the poetry you chose for I'd not read before but certainly speaks to my heart's song.

    Wishing for You many monents of Peace this week and always Dear Sister/Friend!!!

  3. Lovely post. It would be wonderful to have peace throughout the world.
    Like your quotes and poem - and your new design.
    Sending hugs.