Christmas Peace

I'm usually not big on quotes, but I found one that I like. This quote comes from the end of Jimmy Carter's Nobel Lecture when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes – and we must.

This Christmas season, I'm praying for peace. There is precedence. In World War I, on Christmas Day, British and German forces on the front lines near Ypres, Belgium, declared an informal cease-fire. How wonderful that the Christmas spirit could bring foes to lay down their arms.

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