Psalm 56

“Regarding the silent, far-away, dove …” (56:1)

The doomsday clock hangs on a wall in the University of Chicago’s office of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Standing two and a half minutes before midnight, it signifies how close the world is to a global catastrophe.

A dove is a symbol of gentleness and peace. The closer the hands on the doomsday clock are to midnight, the farther away is the dove. The closer we bring the dove, the farther back the hands move. While the achievement of world peace is not entirely in our power, we do have the capacity to lay the groundwork to let the dove know that she is welcome.

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