Let There Be Peace on Earth

Terngiang-ngiang dengan suatu lagu waktu di gereja, yang penggalannnya kalau ndak salah “Damai di dunia…”
Maka dicarilah dan didapatkan lagu dari PKJ 267, yang lirik lengkapnya seperti berikut :

Damai di dunia dan kitalah dutanya.
Damai sejahtera, amalkanlah maknanya,
Allah, Bapa kita, kita anakNya,
rukun bersaudara penuh bahagia.
Damai di dunia dan inilah saatnya.
Ucapkan ikrarmu, jalankan perintahNya,
setiap kata dan karya kita memuji namaNya.
Damai di dunia, kini dan selamanya.
Kini dan selamanya.

Ternyata ada keterangan bahwa lagu aslinya berjudul Let There Be Peace on Earth, ciptaan Jill Jackson & Sy Miller.
Lagu lengkapnya dapat dilihat di video di bawah.

Liriknya seperti demikian :

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step i take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

Salah satu hal yang menyentuh dari lagu ini adalah kisah pengarang lagu dibaliknya. Seperti dikutip dari caption video di Youtube : “Jill Jackson’s early life was filled with tragedy and self-doubt. Although she had moderate success as a film star, she tried to kill herself after her marriage fell apart. Her unsuccessful suicide attempt led to a deep spiritual awakening, and after marrying songwriter Sy Miller they co-wrote the 1955 classic song of hope, “Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me”. She called this song, “life-saving joy of God’s peace and unconditional love.”

Marilah kita menjadi pembawa damai bagi dunia πŸ™‚

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