Saturday, September 19, 2009

Many hands make peace--International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009

My grandmother had a saying, which I learned from my mother, her youngest daughter: Many hands make light work. I saw vivid proof of that last night as our church's youth group and their sponsors helped me bake the 300 cookies I had promised for the local Art of Peace Festival. The festival is this weekend and celebrates the International Day of Peace. The proceeds from the festival will go to the Central Texas Child Advocacy Center, which helps abused and neglected children.

Helen, the amazing artist who arranged all of this, said in January that she wanted to do something for peace as opposed to just talking about it. She decided that helping local children was a good place to start. Being Helen, she recruited artists and writers and singers and a myriad of other folks to help. Sunday evening my husband and I will go to enjoy the art and poetry and good food, including some of the 28 dozen cookies the youth helped me bake last night. I reminded them of the reasons for their hard work as we dashed around the kitchen, just as I reminded myself the night before during the hours it took me to make that much cookie dough! Sometimes making peace is as sweet as making homemade cookies.

Grace and Peace,
Donna Sue

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