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Peace on earth

21 December 2018

December 27th, 1918.

AT LAST the anxiously awaited Christmas has arrived. We can now give and return in fullest measure the good old greetings which, while the shadow of war was darkening our lives, we felt to be wanting in reality. On the social side, at any rate, as the expression of the wish for our neighbour’s material well-being, they seemed to ring not quite true. In a spiritual connexion, the Christmas message of Peace on earth to men of good will lost for some people the force of its yearly appeal. Peace had fled the earth: would it ever return? Where were the men of good will to whom the promise of peace was given? Theirs was a faithless attitude of mind. The promises of God never fail. The war is at an end. Peace is in sight. Unless we are much mistaken we shall see, when the Conference gets to work, that the nations’ representatives will number among them many men of good will. While the war lasted the prayers of the faithful were offered incessantly for its ending, and it ended even more speedily than we had come to expect. Their prayers must be no less earnest and unceasing for the members of the Conference that they may have a right judgment in all things.

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