Let There Be Peace On Earth

Hello Everyone,Kranji What a messed up place the world we live in is at the moment. The newspapers, television, nightly news bombards daily with information and evidence of man’s inhumanity of man;; while at the same time occasionally giving hope for the future through the deeds and efforts of brave people and peace seeking organisations, who bring hope for our world, as they attempt to make our world a better place.

As I write this I have just visited dedicated to all those who were beyond and the Kranji War men and women from United India, Malaya, the Netherlands and Singapore and Malaya against the invading Japanese forces during World War II. As I pondered on the great sacrifices of these men and women in the cause of world peace I was reminded once again from the words from John’s Gospel, words of care, compassion and great sacrifice for one another:

“Greater love has no man (and woman) than this that they lay down their life for another”

But I was also reminded of the words of Isaiah in the Old Testament who encourages to turn to peaceful pursuits and away from war.

“They shall beat their swords into plough shears, and Their spears into pruning hooks;; nation shall not lift up Sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore”

Recent services and parades were held around the world to commemorate the declaration of war what became known as World War I or The Great War. It was the hope of many that this war would be the war to end all wars;; unfortunately this was not to be. What a better place our world would be if we could all strive for peace in our world;; if we could live peacefully with our neighbours no matter what our cultural or religious differences might be. There is a beautiful song called, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” that calls for universal peace. As we remember with gratitude the efforts of all those who are attempting to bring peace to our world;; as we remember all those who have suffered or are suffering in places of conflict throughout the world, may I leave the chorus of this song with you as a prayer for peace.

“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 “

May the peace of God be with you and bless you all

Colin Aiken 0417203722