Posted by: pendrops | September 22, 2006

pinwheels, part 2


Yesterday, I noticed a cluster of pinwheels at the entrance to a local grade school. Today I learned that they were a part of a national project called Pinwheels for Peace.

The official web site states, “Today’s students are bombarded with television images, video games, and magazine articles/newspapers that give importance to conflict and war. Violence has become commonplace and accepted as part of our society and, for some students, it is a way of life.”

The site goes on to claim, “This is not political. Peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.”

As I thought about peace and how children across the nation have called us all to be peacemakers, I thought about the source of peace. Many times I have been guilty of looking to politicians, nature, or even my morning walk as a means of restoring peace to my mind and spirit. But those springs quickly run dry. Wars continue, pollution taints, and the droning noise of life quickly drowns out the 30 minutes of tranquility I enjoy on my walk. These temporary fixes can never fully satiate the thirst for deep harmony.

I once heard someone say that peace is not just the absence of conflict and strife; it is the presence of wholeness, wholeness we can never obtain in our own strength.

We long for peace in our world, peace in our nation, peace in our homes, peace in our hearts. And the good news is there’s one place where we can find that kind of enduring peace. Only when the world acknowledges Jehovah Shalom as the constant spring of wholeness, can we hope to have the kind of peace that children anticipate as they plant pinwheels.



  1. Sometimes my cynicism blinds me to the fact that in a world of empty promises of peace, there is one true Source. Thank you for the reminder. You have said it well.

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