Each time I see it, the picture touches a chord of hope in my heart. My soul sings.
We can lay our weapons down – by the riverside – in the desert – on the street corners – wherever we may be – we can lay our weapons down. And study war no more. And begin the hard work of building a just peace.
Yesterday I toured the UN. And the picture carried even deeper meaning than usual. The International Criminal Court had announced its first verdict ever. In that decision, the court found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of conscripting, enlisting, and actively using children under the age of 15 in hostilities in the Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during 2002 and 2003.
The court’s decision underscored the picture’s meaning. The picture underscored the court’s decision.
Art and the judicial process intertwining to proclaim hope.
See you along the Trail.