I like this clever poster from the United Nations, published in March 2009 by their Department of Public Information, on “Translating War to Peace” with a dove carrying the letter “A” from the word war to the word peace.
If only peace was as simple as moving around a single letter.
Usually, it not the single letter that is painful, but when it becomes many letters and these letters form words of hate, bigotry, intolerance, and injustice that is indeed painful and where war does not translate to peace, but where war become unfortunately inevitable.
As individuals and a nation, I believe peace is what we all hope and pray for and that this comes from a spirit of brotherhood and unity around the world.
Although there are many prayers for peace, I am reminded of one specific beautiful prayer In Judaism, that we sing called “Oseh Shalem”
“May he who makes peace in high places, make peace for all of us and all Israel, and let us say Amen.”
I love singing this and humming the tune for this prayer–it is like a deep calling that resonates.
I noticed online that the United Nations “cancelled as a sales item” this poster for peace (and it’s also gone from Amazon), and it should make us all wonder where did that peace go and when will it return?
A genuine peace–more than a single letter and a secure and lasting peace of many letters.
(All Opinions my own)