Let There Be Peace

There has been a lot happening in the news that has caused pain, fear, and anger in many people, including me. I am convinced that it is essential that we stand up for what we believe to be true and add our voice to the call for change and peace. But, I believe we have entered a time where to truly make a difference we must engage the world from a different consciousness. I see the calls to resists and yet one of my first lessons was what you resists persists. What then do we do to stand for justice, equality, wholeness, compassion, and love? 
 
      I think what we need to do is stand up for what we believe. Be conscious of our judgments and anger as what we give out will come back and instead offer peace and an alternative. We have been responding for thousands of years in the same manner and continue to get the same results. Martin Luther King Jr. said "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." This doesn't mean backing down, ignoring, or pretending it is a call to engage differently, to engage with love and light. 
 
       In the lead up to the Iraqi war Unity came out with a statement of peace. I think this states clearly where I come from. I am frustrated, at times, angry, completely confused and yet I know that when I stand for peace and not against other people I am able to shift not only my own consciousness but that of those around me. Let there be peace on  earth and let it begin with me.
 
Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village to urge all nations, their leaders and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.
 
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.