Peace and love at this spe­cial time

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I WRITE to wish all the staff at Peter­bor­ough Evening Tele­graph and all your read­ers a very happy Christ­mas and sea­son’s greet­ings.

I fur­ther write to share the fol­low­ing mes­sage of Christ­mas, sent by a friend, which I find in­spir­ing and stim­u­lat­ing:

“What makes Christ­mas holy are two im­por­tant qual­i­ties at the heart of the hu­man soul: Peace and Love. Christ, the Prince of Peace, was sent to the world when things were off-track, when hu­man­ity was lost in chaos and dark­ness.

“While peo­ple could fol­low those el­e­vated teach­ings, it was a great help to hu­man­ity, but now we are lost again and we need to rekin­dle the mes­sage of peace.

“For this, firstly we need to find peace within our­selves.

“The sec­ond main as­pect in the Christ­mas story is love. God wants the bal­ance of love and law in our world. Moses brought the Ten Com­mand­ments which pro­vide a foun­da­tion for an el­e­vated life and Christ’s mes­sage re­minds us of the depth of the ex­pe­ri­ence of God’s love. We ex­press this love by car­ing, shar­ing and giv­ing at Christ­mas time.

We can think of Peace and Love in By John El­son three ways:

“Firstly, as two es­sen­tial, nat­u­ral qual­i­ties of the soul, and so this Christ­mas let us prac­tise cul­ti­vat­ing them.

“Peace and love are also a code of con­duct; they are our nat­u­ral state of be­ing, so, no mat­ter what is hap­pen­ing around us, let us main­tain those qual­i­ties con­sis­tently within.

“Fi­nally, we can ex­pe­ri­ence both peace and love as a power that we can gen­er­ate and use to help us make the changes we want to see in our­selves.”

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing love as a power for the self can heal the past and present wounds that we carry with us. We can ex­pe­ri­ence this by ac­cept­ing and shar­ing God’s love. There is no greater gift we can give our­selves and oth­ers this Christ­mas.

Let us ab­sorb this en­er­giz­ing prin­ci­ple of Peace and Love in our daily life and “Be the change we want to see.”

HARMESH LAKHANPAUL OBE Led­bury Road, Peter­bor­ough.

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