Again this year the International Day of Peace will be recognized with prayer, concerts, moments of silence, and a variety of other ways on September 21. Thanks to the Heartland Center for Spirituality (Great Bend, KS), we have received a beautiful prayer for world peace (click here).
This special day of peace provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to step back and reflect on the urgent need for peace among nations, within families, and within the hearts of individuals. This time calls for every person to look within where he/she has advanced peace or been a road block to peace.
We can thank the United Nations for creating this day with a resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In creating this Peace Day, the UN committed itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all countries to work in cooperation with this goal. This day marks personal and planetary progress toward peace.
Whether we light a candle, pause for a moment of silence, or join a large celebration, this is a good time to remember those in the US Embassy in Libya killed in the recent uprising and all UN workers around the world who lost their lives working for peace.