Thought for the Week

Campbeltown Courier - - VIEWPOINT - With Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

LIKE many peo­ple, I have been greatly con­cerned by the bel­li­cose rhetoric that is banded about from some of the most pow­er­ful lead­ers in our world to­day.

We hear of nu­clear prow­ess from Kim Jongun, the leader of North Korea, as he boasts of mis­siles that can now reach the United States of Amer­ica.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­tal­i­ates with even more pugilis­tic tones when he says that the time for talk­ing is over, and that North Korea will feel the force of power pre­vi­ously un­leashed un­til now.

We could be on the brink of some­thing very sin­is­ter and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

Al­bert Ca­mus once said, ‘Peace is the only bat­tle worth wag­ing’.

Des­mond Tutu said: ‘If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your en­e­mies.’

How do we make peace in a world that is so filled with war and fight­ing and hate?

We may not have an an­swer, but we do have to keep ask­ing the ques­tion.

We have to strive for peace in the present or there won’t be a fu­ture.

Weapons have be­come so so­phis­ti­cated that the world could be blown apart at the click of a but­ton.

We re­mem­ber the words: ‘the pen is might­ier than the sword’, but what of the un­leash­ing of nu­clear weapons?

What on earth could stop the dev­as­ta­tion that would cause? In scrip­ture we hear the call for peo­ple ‘to beat their swords into plow­shares till there is war no more’.

This call for peace has echoed through­out time for cen­turies and we are still call­ing for peace. Time is run­ning out if we are to save this planet from nu­clear obliv­ion.

Pray for peace ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day.

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