My desire for now and moving forward into 2014 is that we all find that peace within us. When we do, the world becomes a better place. This version of the song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” is brought to us from the 5th grade chorus of PS22 of several years ago, right here in Staten Island.
This video is several years old now and I still get chills and inspiration every time I see and hear it. Very inspiring! These kids and their teacher really feel the music within their hearts. May we all feel the peace within us in this new year. Happy New Year, Everyone!
This song was written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and sung here beautifully by PS22 Choir in New York City. While not necessarily a Christmas song, it represents everything I know Christmas to be: peace, love and joy. I love this song and its meaning has even more significance when you know its history (below).
“And when I attempted suicide and I didn’t succeed, I knew for the first time unconditional love–which God is. God is unconditional love. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. In that moment I was not allowed to die, and something happened to me which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and knew I was here for a purpose.”
–Jill Jackson Miller, author of “Let There be Peace on Earth,” describing events in her early life that developed her unique philosophy of Peace.