~~December 29, 2014~~
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
This year is close to its end. It has been a trying year in so many aspects. Conflicts, war, injustices, kidnapping, bombings, invasion of free, established countries, power moves, power grabs, disappointing elections, persecution, inequality, racism, abuse by authority figures, killings …. the list continues. Feel free to add your own.
Soon a new year will start …. can we reverse course?
One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the California mountains, locked arms, formed a circle and sang a song of peace. They felt that singing the song, with its simple basic sentiment – “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me,” helped to create a climate for world peace and understanding.
When they came down from the mountain, these inspired young people brought the song with them and started sharing it. And, as though on wings, “Let There Be Peace On Earth” began an amazing journey around the globe. It traveled first, of course with the young campers back to their homes and schools, churches and clubs. Then the circle started by the teenagers began to grow. Soon the song was being shared in all fifty states – at school graduations and a PTA meetings, at Christmas and Easter gatherings and as part of the celebration of Brotherhood Week.
It was a theme for Veteran’s Day, Human Rights Day and U.N. Day. 4-H Clubs and the United Auto Workers began singing it. So did the American Legion, the B’nai B’rith, the Kiwanis Clubs and CORE. It was taped, recorded, copied, printed in song books, and passed by word of mouth.
The song spread overseas to Holland, England, France, Germany, Lebanon, South America, Asia and Australia. The Maoris in New Zealand sang it – even the Zulus in Africa sang it.
“As it appears in …. “
~~Let There Be Peace On Earth~~
~~Published on Oct 26, 2012~~
Music for a peaceful mind.
“Let There Be Peace On Earth” -Sang by Vince Gill
Written by Jill Jackson Miller (1913-1995) American singer, actress
Jill Jackson’s early life was filled with tragedy and self-doubt. Although she had moderate success as a film star, she tried to kill herself after her marriage fell apart. Her unsuccessful suicide attempt led to a deep spiritual awakening, and after marrying songwriter Sy Miller they co-wrote the 1955 classic song of hope, “Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me”. She called this song, “life-saving joy of God’s peace and unconditional love.”
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We ALL are ONE!!