Rock Dove in flight
The dove in the center is from the painting "Rock Dove" ©Timothy Hume
Internationally Renowned Artist
Thank you, Timothy, for sharing your awesome talent with the world!

peace dove
Journey for Peace
©Nancy L. Meek 2003

Part those Supernal tear-soaked pillows!
Oh, Lustrous Bird of Sweet Release!
Spread your feathered limbs wide!
Brave the journey bearing Peace!
Search that distant elusive horizon
to guide you through God's open sky
for so very much now depends on you...
Just ask the loved ones of those who died.

Ask the war orphans who suffer alone
who'll see their loved ones nevermore;
ask anyone who has ever been there
at the receiving end of atrocious War
for No One knows better than they
what it's like to live without Peace
when any hour might be their last
or that of a brother, cousin or niece.

Peace is much more than just a word
because of the ecstasy it can bring
to those who have existed with War
a daily diet...a most noxious thing
fearing for themselves...their families,
praying fervently just to stay alive
as friends...neighbors simply disappear
the rest wondering if they will survive.

Oh, soar up and onward, Wings of Peace!
Zero-in on their waiting shore
May they receive awesome solace at last
that the persistent past will up and flee
no more to breathe free and blow
such atrocities in murderous wind
where women are surgically beheaded
on the doorstep of their weeping kin.

Tyrants feel not one ounce of remorse
when their own people hunger and bleed.
To them, torture is merely a recourse
to get them what they feel they need
and what they need is still more power
to continue doing the things they do...
killing, maiming, gassing, passing the hour
hating you, it seems, for just being you.

U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock

Wanting to dwell in Peace and Harmony
is not really too much to ask, is it?
Living under a tyrant is not living
each day a new horror coming to visit.
Oh, that we would make no mistake:
If we could walk one day in their shoes,
we'd pray, too, others might find a way
to deliver to us some heartening news.

So, make way for the Spirit of Peace
his wings beating against azure blue
transporting the message over there
that some do care...they certainly do
yearning to help them make it through
the aftermath of a tyrant's evil reign,
tortured souls simply making his day,
his lance dripping death and pain.

Then soar homeward, Oh Blessed Dove!
Propel your breast toward our shore
where families weep for those they love
who lost their lives for Peace via War
sent into the battle with a job to do
by leaders who could find no other way
than to sacrifice our own for Peace for a few
that is, until another tyrant makes our day.

You flew the course many miles before
bringing the sign of life within your beak,
God's Obedient days of yore.
Oh, that all could, as clearly, hear Him speak!
Take special care, Fraternal Precious Bird,
for your duties in this world are far from done.
You see, we'll need you to convey the Word
'til the Final Earthly Battle has been won.

women in fear

child victims

wait for aid

peace dove

Official USMC photo by LCpl. Alicia M. Anderson

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson

An RAF Regiment gunner shares sweets with an Iraqi child

"Men, since the beginning of time, have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start, workable methods were found, in so far as individual citizens were concerned; but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope, have never been successful."

"Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, our Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence, an improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years."

"It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh."

General MacArthur
~~April 19, 1951~~

U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Tyler Long

peace dove
Then John gave this testimony:

I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove
and remain on Him. I would not have known Him,
except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,

"The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain
is He who will baptize with the Holy Spirit."

I have seen and I testify that this is

t h e   S o n   o f  G o d.

~~John 1:32-34~~

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