Understanding December 1987
THE AURA OF PEACE
During the past few months, many persons have been asking themselves, and each other, how it could be that leaders of major nations who, a few months ago, were engaged in an ongoing controversy concerning the number of nuclear weapons they felt necessary to protect themselves against the warlike plans and actions of their neighbors, and who seemed to feel that the number should be as great as possible, and certainly greater than those possessed by any possible enemy, should now be meeting in solemn conclave, considering how these weapons, upon which so many hundreds of billions of dollars worth of material and hours of labor had been lavished, could best be destroyed, before they destroyed the world.
This change of attitude is so complete, and has taken place so rapidly, that it is natural for people to ask, “How can this be?”
There is a strong temptation to reply, “Just get out your copy of World Understanding Newsletter for January, 1985, reread the article on The Gifts of the Magi,’ and you will understand everything! Unfortunately, too many members do not keep their copies of the newsletter, and some have become members since Jan., 1985, and so have not received the issue. (The article is three pages long, and so cannot be repeated here, but if anyone should be interested in fulfilled predictions, mail us a stamped self addressed envelope and 50¢ in stamps for printing, and we will be happy to send you a copy.)
In any event, it would seem that the Interstellar Magi have returned, in just about the time it was estimated to require, and have brought with them a full cargo of concentrated peace and Understanding, and have begun to distribute it gently, in some of the most needed areas. The world is a rather large place, and it would be too much to hope that all of it could be treated at once, but if the nuclear fire in the minds of world leaders can be cooled, even a few degrees, the crisis may be passed, and humanity may survive.
We have, many times, quoted the statement made by General of the Army, Douglas McArthur, in his memorable speech at the American Legion Banquet, in 1955, but never has it been more appropriate than now. “The common people of the world have been ready for peace for a long time, it is the leaders that are the laggards! The disease of power seems to confuse and befuddle them!”
Perhaps, after centuries of longing for peace by the common people, the idea may, at long last, be beginning to penetrate the minds of the leaders, (Perhaps aided by a small application of the Aura of Peace and Understanding) that, after, all, very few people really wish to spend the remainder of their lives working to create the means of their own premature cremation!
Unfortunately, our organization has not yet been able to obtain from the Magi, a supply of their concentrated aura of peace and understanding, together with the concentration of love, and so must, be content to offer, to each of you, the peace and love that we have for all, in this special season of peace and love, offered first by Him whose birth we celebrate!
Note: The mailing of this newsletter was intentionally held up pending the signing of the Midrange Nuclear Missile Treaty, to be sure that there was no slip twixt the cup and the lip.
As of this writing, the treaty has been duly signed, and the leaders are still taking each other by the hand, instead of by the throat as was the previous custom!
(signed Daniel W. Fry)
THE PRAYER FOR PEACE
Our Father, up in heaven
May the people of All Nations be
For earth’s peace and man`s salvation
And not through bombs and missiles
For until all men recognize
And peace on earth cannot be won
We will go on vainly fighting
Finding only empty victories
But we’ve grown so rich and mighty
We no longer ask in humbleness–
We have come to trust completely
Unmindful of God’s mighty power
We have turned our eyes away from
And money, power and pleasure
And the good green earth God gave us
Through greed and fear and hatred
Oh, Father, up in heaven,
Renew our faith and lift us up
And grant us heavenly guidance
For, more than Guided Missiles,
by Helen Steiner Rice
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
The angel of the Lord came down,
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
“To you, in David’s town, this day
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
“The heavenly Babe you there shall find,
All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,
Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
Of angels, praising God, and thus
All glory be to God on high,
Good will, henceforth, from heaven to men,
(handwritten) The greatest gift that you can give to anyone is LOVE.
I am happy because my prophecy of a couple months ago that PEACE was imminent is now coming to pass. Ah!
Because we love each of you we wish you the happiest Christmas you have ever known! May all the things you wished for be yours. Please Do remember him whose birthday we now celebrate this Christmas Day.
Cleona Q. and Daniel, too!