“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
— Proverbs 16:7
Peace is a fundamental element of Christian life. This is why we encourage all Light of the World members to come together today to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace and try to make a difference in the world, no matter how small.
Peaceful coexistence has always been one of the cornerstones within The Light of the World’s teachings. One of the most integral principles of our Faith is helping others without expecting anything in return. In the aftermath of natural disasters and humanitarian crises, our numerous congregations are often some of the first to respond and provide aid to communities and individuals in need. On a smaller scale, each of our members strives to promote peace, harmony, respect, and love to build a better society in their daily lives.
Much like our teachings, the United Nations established an International Day of Peace in 1981 by a unanimous Resolution with the goal of promoting peace, love, and equality across the world. This year’s celebration marks the 20th year of a 24-hour global ceasefire meant to bring people of all backgrounds and cultures together as one. The 2021 theme, “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world,” addresses the challenges of the past year and encourages people around the world to take the time to think about how we can help each other recover, build resilience, and change our world for the better.
During the challenges of the past year and a half, moments of peace may have felt few and far between. The circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic mean that we must be socially distant, but more than ever, they mean that we should not be distant in spirit. Today and every day, let us come together with our neighbors, communities, and people a world away to do good without exception.
Let us remember that love is manifested through helping those in need and doing your part to better the communities around you. To truly recover from the challenges we have faced, we must come together as one people to unite for peace and love across the globe.