Simple kindness to one another at home, a quiet and peaceful life, is the only heaven on earth we will ever find in this life. There will never be the coveted and widespread “peace on earth” that we talk about and yearn for, and (ironically) fight wars for. The assertion of one person or group over another, the rule of law or religion, will never create a paradise on earth. Peace on earth cannot be enforced. Peace in the world, “peace on earth”, can only begin and end with peace at home. Peace at home is rarer than we wish to admit. We are too busy seeking.
Peace at home, peace within, peace with God, peace with God’s created world: this is peace on earth. Seeking and division will not yield peace on earth. Ever. Only loving your family and yourself and God’s creation and God, in the context of what is real and what is possible, will bring peace. We yearn for too much unreality.
Peace on earth can only begin and end with peace at home. Peace at home can only begin and end with mutual love for God above all else. There is no other way. External peace can only exist where there is internal peace, and internal peace can only exist where there is love. If you want peace on earth, begin at home.