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CALLING FOR PEACE

July 23, 2010

The ink drawing on the right was done by a Vietnamese artist by the name of Buu Chi in 1973.  At that time he was a university student but had been imprisoned by the US and South Vietnamese governments because his art work was so critical of the war raging in his country.  Even from prison he continued to share his passion for peace through drawings done on pieces of scrap paper and smuggled out.

This drawing tells the story of how seriously war affects children.  Planes flying high overhead can not see the pain they are inflicting on the innocent so the collateral damage of war remains impersonal and, too often, unreported. 

But the art also shows a child’s deep longing for peace and the faith that peace is possible despite all of the fear, pain and suffering.  Allowing a dove of peace to rest on his hand, the child knows that war is not God’s answer to human disagreements and diverse perspectives.  There is another way – the way Jesus talked about during his short ministry and which he summarised so beautifully in the Sermon on the Mount.  We need to allow the children to lead us.  Perhaps they, better than anyone else, can see that real power lies in a peaceful, loving and compassionate heart.

IN THE BLINDING GLARE
OF DARKNESS
A SMALL LIGHT
BLINKS,
SEEKING TO BREAK
THE CLUTCH
OF DARKNESS.

AS IT GAINS SUPPORT
IT BREAKS
A CRACK
IN THE THICK GLOOM,
GIVING A GUIDING LIGHT
TO A SMALL SYMBOL
OF HOPE.

SLOWLY,
CAREFULLY,
THE SMALL WHITE
DOVE
DESCDENDS,
TO REST AND
PREEN
ITS BATTERED FEATHERS
ON THE OUTSTRETCHED HANDS
OF THOSE
WHO CALL
FOR PEACE.

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