The Holiday Of Peace

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (Isaiah 2:4)

This morning, I got this photo from my friend, Coleman Heckart, a Costa Rica expat, photographer extraordinaire and a lovely generous soul. I miss him and all my Costa Rica buds. (So jealous that the Badgetts are there with Ginny!!! Next year, Christmas in Costa Rica!!!) I miss my Key West buds. I miss the geography of both… At the same time, I am loving getting to know my old and new Kentucky buds, too. Heck, the geography here is reminiscent of Costa Rica… except for that lovely touch of snow on the ground this morning!

Here’s to a happy and joyful holiday season for you and your family, no matter how you celebrate it. R. Lee Wrights, Libertarian candidate for President 2012, perfectly said what is in my heart:

We call this time of year the Holiday Season, a special time when people celebrate in a variety of ways. Some greet each other with Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or just a simple Happy Holidays. Some give gifts, great and small. Just about everybody gets together with his or her family and friends. But whatever the greeting or tradition, what we do and how we do it is not nearly as important as the spirit that underlies and motivates our action, and that is the spirit of peace.

Growing up in North Carolina, our family may not have had much money but we weren’t poor, especially at this time of year. Since I was raised as a Christian, the traditions and practices I grew up with focused on the birth of the one we believe is the savior of all mankind, and who is called the Prince of Peace. The scripture we heard foretold that at his birth, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (Isaiah 2:4)

But my fondest memories are of the gathering of family and friends and the abundance of joy, peace and hope that filled our celebration. Whatever our circumstances, we always managed to have a good time and enjoy one another’s company.

Regardless of whether you are a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, if you believe in many gods — or if you believe in no God at all, you can’t help but to be touched in some way by the spirit of peace that imbues this season. That is because the true meaning of this holiday season transcends any and all the religious, cultural, ethnic, political or national differences among men and women. The longing for peace on earth is greater than all these because it is the natural, universal desire inherent in all human beings.

That is why at this time of year, people all over the world gather with their families and friends to eat and drink, sing and dance, and to forget, even for one day or one hour, the evils and dangers, the burdens and misery of the world. They come together in peace to rejoice in what is good, what is just, and what is most sacred to them. And they prepare for a new year which they fervently hope will be better, more prosperous and more peaceful than the one ending.

Peace, like charity, begins at home. It begins in the heart and mind of every person. We cannot bring peace to the world, let alone to our nation, if we do not have peace within ourselves. So in this special season, my fondest wish to you all is peace. Peace in your heart, peace in your family, peace in our nation and peace on earth.

Peace be with you.

Sally Oh lives in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky with her husband of 21 years and two gigantic sons. She is a Weston A. Price chapter leader and blogs to meet like-minded farm food freedom advocates. She’s hoping you join us in the real food rEVOLution!

If you are here in KY and want to join our in-person fun, sign up on Meetup or like us on Facebook.

8 comments to The Holiday Of Peace

  • Ron Souto

    I am going to Costa Rica Jan 12 to Jan 24

  • Hey Ron! Where are you going to be?

  • DEAR MS. SALLY,
    I really miss your informative and warm posts from Costa RIca. I’m so hopeful you’ll realize your dream of being in Costa RIca next Christmas!
    I really liked Coleman’s picture and would love to get a quality print of it, suitable for framing. Do you have any clue as to how I could do that?
    I’d appreciate your help with this request.
    A very blessed and Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    Fred Jackson

  • Hi Fred, I just emailed you Coleman’s email address. Merry Christmas!

  • estevende

    I just spent a whole year in Kentucky..from 11/10/10 to 12/10/11. If it weren’t for the fact that it was spent trying to help my father, I would feel that not only did I deprive myself of living in paradise, but that I wasted a year of my life in a poisoned environment subjecting myself to God only knows what toxins. I cannot begin to say what a relief it is to look up into clear skies without chemtrails and without considering the amount of radiation exposure…and the food…it’s gotten so bad in the U.S. that you have to even be afraid of the fruits & vegetables…not that anyone up there eats them unless they’re prepared at a fast-food place. I’ll refrain from criticizing the tyrranical police-state apparatus that is being implemented up there, for fear of acquiring a label that might warrant my subjection to torture and/or execution by the government, and just give thanks that I am safely back in the “best country in the world”

  • If we could afford it, we’d probably still be there at least part-time. You are right: chemtrails, toxins, fast food everywhere… so few people know what real food is anymore. And we are afraid of the police state. You really hit the nail on the head. But we have to be here and we are making the best of it. There is still so much good in the US and a lot of REALLY GOOD people working really hard to bring back the freedom we used to have. Pura vida!

  • Peace and pura vida to you all too Sally. Hope you are anxiously engaged and loving it. We are down to Maleah and Hannah. Hannah will be heading back North next month to finish her schooling.
    Tell Hal and the boys hey and see you guys when you get here :)

  • Oh, goodness, CR is a hard place for a certain age group. Tell Hannah we’d love to have her visit anytime. And, yes, we shall see you when we get there!

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