Saturday, October 10, 2009

The World is Hungry for Hope

"The Nobel Peace Prize isn't about something already accomplished (we won't know peace until we know God's peace): but recognizing those individuals who are contributing in the journey to peace by calling us back from the dungeons of our self-centeredness." -- Michael Barham

As a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that ALL are created equal, we have within our DNA the hope that can "call us back from the dungeons of our self-centeredness" -- if we will let it.

Yesterday's stunning announcement of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is a wake up call to America to do precisely that -- to get over its partisan wrangling and to live up to its high calling to be a nation committed to peace with justice -- to liberty and justice for all.

Rather than arguing about whether or not our president "deserves" the honor for what he has "done" let us celebrate the promise of the work that has been begun -- and commit ourselves to being partners in the work of turning the human race into the human family. The world is hungry for hope -- and we have a president whose message, vision and agenda of hope for a better future does not just bless America but the world.

The Nobel Peace Prize award is a recognition of that hope within us all. It is an affirmation of that dream that will never die. It is something for us ALL to rejoice and be glad in -- to be challenged and humbled by -- and then to be empowered and energized by to get to work becoming that human family I believe God has created us to be.

Congratulations, Mr. President. Now, get back to work! (And let us know what we can do to help!)

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