Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Peace On Earth


The continued strife in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians seems oh so natural. It's hard to remember a time where there wasn't violence between the two peoples. Regardless of where you come down on the Israeli-Palestine issue, it is clear that the violence will continue until people in both camps demand a cessation of violence. Until that happens, until someone says "I don't care who started it, I don't care who is to blame, I just want it to stop", we'll see this tragedy play out again and again and again. Seems that if God truly exists, and really gives a damn about humanity, he would intervene. I thought the following lyrics of a U2 song were relevant during this holiday season. I hope all of you can find some peace.
Peace on Earth
Heaven on Earth, we need it now
I’m sick of all this hanging around
Sick of sorrow, sick of pain
I’m sick of hearing again and again
That there’s gonna be peace on earth

Where I grew up, there weren’t many trees
Where there was, we’d tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you

And you become the monster
So the monster will not break you
And it’s already gone too far
You said that if you go in hard
You won’t get hurt

Jesus, can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line?
Peace on earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on earth

No who’s or why’s
No cries like a mother’s cries
Fore peace on earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the color in his eyes
Now he’s in the dirt, peace on earth

The reading names out over the radio
All the folks, the rest of us
Won’t get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann and Breda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea

Jesus, can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line?
Peace on earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on earth
Jesus and the song you wrote
The words are stickin’ in my throat
Peace on earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won’t rhyme
So what’s it worth, this peace on earth

Peace on earth
Peace on earth
Peace on earth
It's from the album "All That You Can't Leave Behind". Terrific music, thoughtful lyrics. Check it out.
Tell me what you think
Regards
Dennis

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