Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When I was a small child..I heard a message...a confusing message of family..of they way things ought to be..of love...and of peace....when I was 9 years old, I heard it more loudly..it was about peace...and love... as a young teenager during the Viet Nam War..It screamed at me  PEACE, LOVE... END THE WAR........the cry was from the peace niks...the Christians, the liberals and the hippies...the cry of peace and love.  It came from my parents and their friends who belonged to the Unitarian Church in Montclair NJ...Some of those folks were former Jews who...were survivors of concentration camps who still bared the tatoos of the camps...some were former Catholics..who lost their way with all the rules and regulations..and some ...from the Unitarian church who taught us that all peope were equal, no matter what their faith, their color or their creed...we learned about everyone...but mostly we learned about peace..and love....

.One of my fondest memories was from the late 60's...my Dad..a former Catholic...and a Sunday school teacher as well as a member of the church board, proposed that the church might sing as one of the  hymns...the Burt Bacarach/Dionne Warwick hit...What The World Needs Now..is Love Sweet Love..his words were..."this is what its about now..." truer words were never spoken..and they still ring true today...we sang it..and I have never forgotten that Sunday in Church..I thought we were probably the coolest church in town....I think we were...

I'm weary of debating where the world should be today..the laws..the rights...I feel we have lost out way..its really quite simple...

its about love..it always has been..and if we can get back there..then we will be ok....I love you

9 comments:

leelee said...

http://youtu.be/PbXsZlPbN90

leelee said...

hugs

soandsosaid said...

Love you! Love many others too! And I feel loved!

soandsosaid said...

Love you! Love many others too! And I feel loved!

leelee said...

Xox

Serena said...

Right on! I've been so "away" from blogging that I didn't even realize you had new posts. It's good to see you back in action!:)

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puerileuwaite said...

Reggae music also has inspirational messages.

I remember the time my church finally gave in and allowed a Reggae band to perform.

It was inspirational and serene, and with great delight I could spy even the most uptight, ultra-conservative worshippers surrendering to the inevitable grooves of peace and harmony.

Then all of a sudden, what first seemed to be a demon burst through the door.

Turned out to be the Fire Marshall, and apparently not a demon at all.

Apparently - unbeknownst to us all - something had set off the smoke alarms, which were wired into the local station.

There would be no more Reggae. The world became a cold and sober place from that point on.

puerileuwaite said...

MY church was actually the coolest church. It was Funitarian. We would recreate Noah's ark with balloon animals, and the flood would be blue-dyed punch that someone would spike. We had our own version of Catholic communion, where random wafers would be Alka-Seltzer tablets.