This lack of harmony trickles down even to our community. We've proven that we can go to war over issues from air cannons to books in our public library. Perhaps these battles are necessary, but not some of the nastiness. Some comments can be mean-spirited, even when directed at people the speaker barely knows.
Can there be "peace and harmony inside?" Sometimes I feel the urge to silence my writer's voice and retreat to a place where my opinions won't draw public fire. I'm not naturally a confrontational person, nor do I enjoy controversy. I long for a place of refuge from the pressures of daily life, especially at Christmas.
I've noted with a sense of melancholy that in our culture people are quick to skewer their opponents with attack language which they consider witty. But we are too often slow to compliment or express support.
My personal peace comes from a spiritual reservoir I have carefully tended and filled through my commitment to my faith. And yet I resist the idea that I must give up on the idea of peace manifested outside the fortress of my heart.
Strangely, I found comfort in several articles in the Journal just last week. GO InterNational has partnered with the Community Missionary Church, helping the congregation during a time of leadership transition. The winning combination of vision and opportunity is sure to be a blessing to both, and to our community.
Lord's Legacy Life Ministries has launched efforts to help adults in our county, and — may I say it? Can it be? They also dare to touch Fayette County residents? And local politicians and leaders applaud their efforts? I feel my heart warming.
I know it's too early quite yet for a New Year's resolution, but I've made a decision. I'm deciding to reclaim both my inner harmony and my belief that peace can also be manifested in the world in spite of recent cultural trends.
I'm going to change the TV channel if I come across talk shows where people are shouting at each other and interrupting. I'm going to refuse to agree even tacitly with people who insult or mock another human being, even if I secretly think he or she may deserve it.
I'm going to rejoice over the good news that appears in our local newspaper and post positive comments online to encourage the people working to make our world a better place.
I feel the peace coming. I hope you feel it too.
May our new year be one of peace.