Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Peace Vigil # 49, December 25, 2007
Christmas Day, 2007. There were two people at the Peace Vigil today. The weather was crisp. About 20 degrees. About an inch of new soft snow had fallen this afternoon, but had stopped just before the Peace Vigil started for the day. It was dark when we arrived and started standing on the corner. The days will be lighter and lighter as time goes on now, and we'll be standing in daylight soon.
There was some discussion as to whether we should hold the Peace Vigil on Christmas Day. The stores and most traffic would not be out to see us. The streets of a small town like Ashland will be deserted. Yet, this day is probably the most important day to be out there. We talked and thought about the people who wished they could be with their families and couldn't be. I have complained about how we "do" Christmas and I don't particularly like much about it. The consumerism for sure really ticks me off. Nut there are those that still have traditional feelings about Christmas and this time of year generally with all the holiday gatherings and other religious traditions celebrated. There are those that are away and can't be home. We thought of them and sent positive energy out to them. There are also those that have war breathing down their street. Gunshots and bombs exploding daily in their lives. The aftermath of the war. Utilities that we take for granted, like clean water and heat in our homes, don't exist for some in a war torn place. So, it was every bit appropriate to stand out there on the busiest corner of town on a day when less than 1/10th of the usual traffic was present.
We did quit a little early. We got there on time and started the Vigil at 4:30 p.m. But we left at 5:20 p.m. and gave ourselves ten minutes less on the corner today in honor of the Prince of Peace. Many folks that did drive by waved and honked. We saw more than one peace sign as well. And we proclaimed that we wanted a peaceful world. We wanted everyone to have the comfort that we had on that corner. The comfort of being where we wanted to be and knowing that we or our children were not in danger.
May Peace prevail on the Sacred Earth Mother. May we have Peace for all in the Universe.