Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Peace On Earth

View of Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts from the International Space Station.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  Luke 2:8-14 (KJV)
From space, the pains, sorrows, and even the joys of the world's peoples cannot be seen. Yes, they are there, yes, they are real, yet they take on a certain insignificance when viewed from a distance.

In this season of Christmas (and yes, of Hanukkah as well) I turn my face to the Lord Above and I know Hope, I know Love, and I pray for patience. There is suffering in the world and I do what I can to alleviate such suffering, even if that simply means not contributing to the suffering of others.

Do what you can, when you can, and know that the Lord is in His Heaven and will return someday. Until then, keep the faith, love thy neighbor, be a Peacemaker.

Christmas Eve is upon us and as we travel to be with family, I pray for those less fortunate and try, as much as I can, to share my blessings with them.

Peace be with you all.

And Love, it really is all you need.


  1. "And on earth peace, good will toward men"..... more need to practice that. Choice words today Sarge, safe travels.

  2. Lovely. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sarge.

  3. A little hybrid cow-scripture; Blessed are the peacemakers because no good deed goes unpunished. We all know where the answers are regardless of the stories we tell ourselves. May all of you and your families bask in the sunshine of the spirit this joyous season.

  4. Safe Travels, Sarge, and Merry Christmas. Our clan is slowly coalescing for the holidays. Little J and Little J's Wife are enthused about the Pork Butt that's slow cooking in the oven.


  6. May this Christmas be especially peaceful and joyous, for you and all the assorted lesser Sarges and Sargettes.

  7. Change-up.... A Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas to all!

    1. Nice change up Nylon12!

      Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

  8. Wishing all the clan at the Chant a blessed and Merry Christmas!

  9. (Don McCollor)...and a Christmas tradition continues - once again this Christmas North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa Claus...back in 1955 a few days before Christmas at NORAD, there was a heartstopping moment when the Red phone rang (not the black phone, the RED phone direct to the President and the Pentagon)...expecting warning of a nuclear attack, the duty officer answered it...to hear a soft child's voice "Is this Santa Claus?"...he replied "Yes honey, this is Santa Claus"...after that NORAD tracked Santa...

  10. I love listening to the ladies sing! They have such musically lush productions. And I noticed the many timpani camera shots there where :)

    Merry Christmas to all! Travel safely, so we can all be back here in a day or so.


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