Dona Nobis Holding-Hands

Dona Nobis Pacem.  In 2006, Mimi Lenox remembered her Papa’s Marbles and came up with the idea that one day a year could be dedicated to three simple powerful words.  She then called on all her blogging friends to join her on one day every November .  At first it was a few people who loved her, her writing, and the project.  This annual event has now spread to hundreds of countries with contributors from every continent on earth now that we have finally added Antarctica.  We hope that you will join us.

This year for Dona Nobis Pacem the theme is “Words in the hands of love.” I started thinking about how hands can be used.  There has been so much violence in the news and in all cases it was the result of clenched fists or hands raising guns or using knives and other weapons, with injuries and death due to prejudice, hatred, and greed.  It really doesn’t have to be this way.  We can bring these powerful words into the world by acting together as one.

With a love of music, I thought of all the songs that feature hands and how often, hands are used for comfort, love and peace.  One of my favorites has always been Heart to Heart by Emmy Lou Harris.  While it is a love song about a couple, it could easily apply to all of us if we just stand together holding hands and heart to heart to make a promise and utter the simple words:



Heart to heart we’ll hold together
Hand in hand we’ll find a way
Oh, the storms of life may blind us
But with the loving vows that bind us
Heart to heart hand in hand we’ll stay

Side by side forever and always
Day by day till our lives are done
This sweet love is ours to treasure
Far beyond all time and measure
Side by side day by day as one

The years cannot take what’s between you and me
We’ll stand her together for the whole world to see

Heart to heart there’ll be no other
Hand in hand for our love is true
Oh, the words that we have spoken
Will be a promise never broken
Heart to heart hand in hand with you

About Jamie

Retired Writer Editor - Loves Books, Musical Theater, politics for a good argument, genealogy, Scotland and owls
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12 Responses to DONA NOBIS PACEM 2014

  1. Happy Blog 4 Peace Day, Jamie! Sending more than hands — I’m sending a whole hug your way!


  2. mjgolch says:

    Great Posting,Mine’s up as well.


  3. Jamie says:

    Thank you for dropping by


  4. Mimi Lenox says:

    Happy Blog4Peace Day! Here we are again, old and new friends still blogging for peace. Who knew back then that on this day we would be sharing and tweeting and resharing all over the place as well!

    I love your take on the hands theme. EmmyLou’s music is a treasure.
    “While it is a love song about a couple, it could easily apply to all of us if we just stand together holding hands and heart to heart to make a promise and utter the simple words: GRANT US PEACE”

    Thanks for your activism and dedication to this movement. You are light across the blogosphere in so many ways!


  5. Travis says:

    I love that song. I might write once in a while. Thanks for the warm reception this week. It’s good to be missed.



  6. Beautiful song.. and singer. We love Emmylou. Peaceful Pawkisses, Little Binky and Granny 🙂 ❤


  7. rose says:

    Heart to heart. 🙂

    Dona nobis pacem.


  8. I liked your take on the peace theme and thsnk so much for sharing Emmy Lou. I haven’t heard her in a very long time . . . too long. Peace!


  9. Absolutely LOVED this post! Thank you for retweeting mine…I am following your blog now and I am following you on Twitter, hope you will follow us back!


  10. annelisa says:

    Great to see you again, Jamie. Lovin’ the song and sentiments. Peace to you and yours, as always
    Annelisa X


  11. Mimi Lenox says:

    Back to say….#10,271 in the Official Peace Globe Gallery
    Happy Peace Day today and every day.


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