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9/28/12

Dona Nobis Pacem: lights of unity


My peace globe for blogblast4peace 4 November 2012

"The first candle is unity in the political realm, the early glimmerings of which can now be discerned. 

The second candle is unity of thought in world undertakings, the consummation of which will ere long be witnessed. 

The third candle is unity in freedom which will surely come to pass. 

The fourth candle is unity in religion which is the corner-stone of the foundation itself, and which, by the power of God, will be revealed in all its splendour. 

The fifth candle is the unity of nations -- a unity which in this century will be securely established, causing all the peoples of the world to regard themselves as citizens of one common fatherland. 

The sixth candle is unity of races, making of all that dwell on earth peoples and kindreds of one race. 

The seventh candle is unity of language, i.e., the choice of a universal tongue in which all peoples will be instructed and converse. 

Each and every one of these will inevitably come to pass, inasmuch as the power of the Kingdom of God will aid and assist in their realization."

 "The Seven Candles of Unity" from the Bahá'i Writings of 'Abdul-Bahá

See the full article at Baha'i Topics

9/23/12

Black Elk: words of peace

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real Peace, and the others are but reflections of this. 

The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

Black Elk (Oglala Sioux)
The Sacred Pipe, 1953

9/9/12

devotions: mountain of the Lord

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say:  "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths."

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Jewish Scriptures
Isaiah
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9/2/12

devotions: James 1:6

Ocean Waves Impressionist painting by JC Strong of California, USA







He that wavereth 
is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind
and tossed.

James 1:6
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