They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on Earth
Hallelujah Noel be it Heaven or Hell
The Christmas we get we deserve
“I Believe in Father Christmas”, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
GREG LAKE, PETER JOHN SINFIELD, SERGE PROKOFIEFF
Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, MUSIC SALES CORPORATION
Peace on Earth.
What a deceptively simple concept.
All the people of the world, living together in harmony and bliss. No fighting, no bullets, no bombs, no dead warriors, no bereaved families, no lying governments. (In this case, at least.)
It’s a concept many of us don’t even think about until this time of year. For much of the world, war is as much a part of our daily routine as breathing, whether observed from a distance or experienced firsthand. War is just another fact of life, and we tacitly accept it.
Then, our minds get pumped with almost nonstop Christmas music, from every store and every radio station, and we get a barrage of Christmas movies and TV specials, and everyone’s heart softens a bit. We gush about what a wonderful time of year it is and, by Jiminy, why can’t it be this way all the time? Why can’t we all be kinder to each other? Why can’t we show more charity to our fellow man?
Why can’t we have peace on earth?
If only the answer was that simple.
It’s not my intent here to debate the causes for war, or its reasons, or its inevitability, or its morality.
There are many facets of war about which many of us disagree, but I would think, and I would hope, that we could all agree on this: war is overwhelmingly, unbearably, heartbreakingly sad, due to the terribly high cost of human lives it always exacts.
And to our stubborn refusal to ever, ever learn from it.
We can all wish for peace, we can pray for it, we can sing for it, we can petition for it, and we should do all those things, as long as we have to.
But tonight, when I go to sleep, I’m going to close my eyes, and dream of it.
And what a beautiful dream it will be.
As the song goes, “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.”
Merry Christmas, everyone. Love and peace to you all.