Amazing Peace

“If we wish to create a lasting peace

we must begin with the children.”

--Mahatma Gandhi

This is a beautiful book by Maya Angelou, Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem.  The book is illustrated with gorgeous paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.  Ms. Angelou read this poem at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2005.

Some of my favorite lines come near the end:

Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian.
Implore you to stay awhile with us
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.