This is Our Prayer, “Peace On Earth”

Day 65  March 6, 2013

“Lord, Make me an instrument of thy peace…”  -St. Francis of Assisi, Peace Prayer

PEACE DOVE

PEACE CRANE

“Work with only the classic tangram shapes.”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima a little girl named Sadako Saski developed leukemia from the radiation.  During her last days she was inspired by the Japanese legend that the one who created a thousand cranes would be granted a wish.  She began making her origami paper cranes, hoping to complete a thousand of them so her wish to live would be granted.  She was only able to fold 644 cranes before she became too weak and died on October 25th, 1955.  Her friends and family helped finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes, which were buried with Sadako.  There is a statue of the little girl holding a golden crane in Hiroshima Peace Park and every year on Obon Day (Japan’s holiday to remember departed ancestors), thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue.  The inscription on the statue reads “This is our cry.  This is our prayer.  Peace on Earth.”

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes  is a non-fiction children’s book written by American author Eleanor Coerr and published in 1977.  You can find it at Amazon.com

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About 365MissionalPractice

Love God, Love Christ, Love Others. I am passionate about creating Missional Relationships that encourage disciples to personify Christ's message. As a minister in a Community of Christ congregation in Virginia I am learning everyday what it means to be vulnerable, to risk, to experiment, to share in a world that needs the redemptive healing of Christ. View all posts by 365MissionalPractice

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