waging peace
restores harmony
uncovers common values where only conflicts
and differences in appearance surface
steps outside dominant viewpoints
teaches children alternatives to consumerism
which is self-centered at its core
engenders instead the practice of doing good work
reveals to us the unfavorable implications “God bless America”
extends to the rest of the world

O Holy One, waging peace reaches
to alienated people
envisions a holistic economy
embraces scholarship and meaningful labor
recasts globalization
to profit people in general rather multinational corporations
and powerful elites
fosters democracy and equality
rather poverty and powerlessness

*   *   *

Christ’s profound message of peace and justice
is seldom presented fully, much less heard or understood

each person needs to be respected and loved first
as a child of God, at heart

Poem copyright 2016 by Jnana Hodson
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