Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 3, 2013

Vigil represents reality of peace


— In response to a March 23 letter in The Goshen News:

Those who vigil for peace on Wednesday noon at the courthouse are quite aware of the reality that the world is a violent place. It is precisely because of that reality that we vigil for peace. We believe that we don’t have to accept the world’s reality but that there is another reality that the world hasn’t tried.

The writer encourages us to pick up a history book to understand the world’s reality. As a former history teacher I agree it is good to read history. It is also good to read the Bible, especially the teachings of Jesus who guides us to a different reality, a reality that tells us that it is God’s will that we live in a world of peace. We would be wise to follow the reality of God’s will rather than to perpetuate the world’s reality. If God’s reality were followed no loved ones would be lost in battle. The costs of war could be funneled to health care, education and other vital services to benefit humankind. The writer says that a world of peace is just a “thought.” It is not. To do the will of the Almighty is not just a “thought.” It is a reality people of various faiths are working toward.

The Old Testament Prophet Micah writes of the day when, “All shall sit under their own vines and fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid (Micah 4:4).” Another prophet, Isaiah, writes of the day when, “Swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore (Isaiah 2:4).”

If more people worked for that reality the world would have peace.

Myron Schrag

Goshen