by Nick Furey on 09/17/13
PEACE - People Enabling A Caring Environment
This acronym came to me at "Echoes of Peace" music group dinner. It is a diversified group of people that come from many walks of life, lifestyles, beliefs, etc. and the come together to bring beautiful musical tones. As I was in line with a young lady there, I asked, "Have you ever heard what the letters of the word PEACE stand for?" (Keep in mind, my other version of this word is much different) She said, "No, I haven't. That sounds fascinating!" So I told her "PEACE - Put Everything At Christ's Enthronement." She exclaims, "That might work for you, but I don't believe like that!" I felt like I let her down. How can she see God work if I have not got through to her? I turned away and said in a silent prayer, "God, if you want to reach her, give me a new acronym that will reach her." Less than 10 seconds later, I presented her with the new version of PEACE (People Enabling a Caring Environment).
She was shocked! She now exclaims, "Thanks alot!" almost sarcastically. I said, "What? Why the comment like that?"
She says, "You have now changed my viewpoint of God; up to now I didn't believe, but there is no way you could've came up with that so fast!"
We began to talk about the context of the new version:
Just think if all People, everywhere, would Enable A Caring Environment? There is so much strife in this world; People are being treated poorly for their race, creed, religion, lifestyle, or status in life. Isn't it time we started Caring for each other?
People talk of world PEACE, and this is great; but can we can truly obtain this until we all start looking around our Environment and treating All people better? With that I would like to close with my recent poem regarding this:
Take a STAND by Nick Furey
Emptiness envelops so many people, young and old.
Could we truly bear to hear the stories they have told?
Of abuses and pain, humiliation and fear
Of hopelessness and abandonment and wondering why they’re here.
Because of their color lifestyle, or status in life
They are made fun of and hurt and left with undo strife.
Racism, hate crimes, bullying and judgmental minds
Must begin to look in their heart and discover what they’ll find
Take a STAND for these souls give them a sense of HOPE,
for you never really know if they may be on their last rope.
Suicide kills more than a life it kills HOPE as well
It makes us realize how life can be a living hell.
Take a STAND in your school, on your job or on the street,
knowing your support and grace might get them on their feet.
Strength To Achieve New Directions is the hope their longing for
To know that they’re life is worth it and see love outpoured.
Where there’s violence, Take a STAND
When there’s injustice, Take a STAND;
Where there’s hopelessness, Take a STAND
PEACE be with you all!