As we observe today’s International Day of Peace and A Million Minutes for Peace, an initiative to get 1 million people to pledge to pray for peace, I would like to recommend a film called Friendly Persuasion, set in the United States Civil War. It is the only movie I know where the characters not only pray for peace, they pray for guidance on how best to achieve it. Gary Cooper plays a farmer who struggles with his religious commitment to non-violence when his neighbors risk their lives for his family and property. All he asks is that “the will of God be revealed to us and we be given the strength to follow his will.” It is a beautiful depiction of a loving and respectful family who find strength in their faith during one of this country’s direst and most divisive moments. And it recognizes that prayer is important, but that it is the choices it inspires that make a difference.
Here is the peace pledge:
I will unite with people all over the world in observing the United Nations International Day of Peace. On September 21, I will pause at noon and, in my own way, pray for peace for one minute. May my one minute, magnified a million times, create a culture of peace that will change the future of humanity. My name will appear in the Peace Pledge Book to be presented at the United Nations on September 18.
I have got some spectacular goodies to give away! Only one DVD per family, first-come, first-win. Oh, no! Spongebob shrunk his last pair of square pants! Without his signature trousers, will anyone know who he is? This and seven other delightful undersea adventures make this one of our square yellow friend’s all-time classics. Send me an email at email@example.com with Spongebob in the subject line, and the first three will win! The adorable Backyardigans love to sing and this collection includes their best, from “You Gotta Have Pirattitude” to “The Yeti Stomp.” Crank it up and sing along! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with Backyardigans in the subject line and if you’re one of the first three it will be on its way! The adorable little pig Olivia is on DVD for the first time with a DVD-only premiere episode. Olivia plays the piano, trains her cat, and looks for a place with no little brothers along with other adventures that kids will identify with and laugh with, too. The first three readers to send me an email at email@example.com with Olivia! in the subject line will win a DVD!
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