Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, February 14, 2003

"We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the dischords of war. Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a
positive contest to harness humanity's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will- and determination- to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment."

"Through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that..."

"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him."

Maybe it's time to do more than just talk and pray ...


Far away friends

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Had a nice call from a friend in England yesterday. She was hurting and feeling quite lost. When she heard my voice on the line, she broke down weeping, (Yes, I have that effect on single women!!)

Wish she was closer so we could help her properly, take care of her kind of thing. But that's not to be, at least for right now.

We hope and have been praying that she is alright, that God's peace would be near her and even in her, and that he would care for her during these long, lonely, difficult days.

Blessings on you A.


Tolkien on cheer

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
- J. R. R. Tolkien.

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