Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Just Peace

I bought a new TV, Campers. And it picks up [are you ready for this?] ONE STATION!!!

CBS.

Hey, I am still trying to negotiate for dish TV or cable.

Alright, go ahead and laugh...that's it...get it out of your system.

I'll just sit here and wait until you're through.

The TV is my birthday present.

Anyway...

I watched parts of the MDA Telethon the other day and sniffled when Jerry Lewis talked about the late Mattie Stepanek.

[Click on the post headline above to visit the official Mattie Stepanek website]

And since it is almost two years to the date that this poem was published, I would like to re-print it here.

Think about it:




FOR OUR WORLD

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.

We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment.
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.

We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment.
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.

Stop, be silent, and notice.

In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.

We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment.
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.

And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

September 12, 2001
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek

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