Greetings to the world wide fellowship that is Scouting4Peace
From time to time I will be posting my own thoughts and experiences for peace and, to some extent, where Scouts fit in. hoping that these thoughts may help or inspire others.
I'm going to start with something I saw on a news website where, perhaps especially with regard to the situation in Syria, the Pope said "War always marks the failure of peace, it is always a defeat for humanity."
It often seems that somewhere in the world there is always a war going on and it would be easy to think that war is part of the human condition. Just because it happens so often does not make it right. Whatever our religious beliefs it is good to hear that the natural state for mankind is peace. In recent times, and across the world, wars have damaged historical sites that mark man's great achievements; there are those that would wipe out anything that doesn't fit in with their world view. We can also see in the refugee problems in Syria and other places that war does indeed defeat humanity.
The Fourth Scout Law reminds us that we are all part of the world-wide family of Scouts - when you are hurting I feel your pain, when your spirits are low I pray for you, when you have a need I will do what I can to meet that need.
The Scout motto is "Be prepared" and, for the future that is perhaps the way we can show the world that peace is always better than war. Following the Fifth Scout Law in the days ahead we can show courage and play a part in rebuilding for peace. Our care for property and possessions together with making good use of time may call us to help rebuild homes for the homeless; schools that need equipment; hospitals that need to be clean; and to provide little luxuries lost in the war, to show people they can survive and live for the future.
Until there is a level of peace to allow these things we can all at least pray for those in lands troubled by war and we should also be looking for ways to build a peace and show that humanity will not be defeated.
May your God (and The Scout Promise) comfort and strengthen you and show us how to make the world a better place.