The Beatles recorded their first record…

Love Me Do on this date in 1962. September 11th would mark the beginning of four young men’s meteoric rise to fame and fortune, and the tragic story of their search for peace and meaning in life. Two of the fab four are gone now; George Harrison died of cancer in 2001 and John Lennon was shot to death in 1980.

As far as we know, none of the four ever actually came to know the real Prince of Peace Himself- Jesus. Some years ago I had the opportunity to see a handwritten note from John Lennon to a young college student in Lawrence, KS. The student had written Lennon to tell him about Jesus. Lennon replied in a handwritten note saying he didn’t need any advice from this student and he didn’t need Jesus in his life. Lennon penned the note just a few days before he was murdered by Mark David Chapman. How very wrong John Lennon was.

We all need peace in our lives. The Beatles pursued Hinduism and a variety of other eastern mysticisms in search of that rare commodity. Lennon himself wrote his now-famous song “Give Peace a Chance.” The lyrics point in every imaginable direction except the one place where peace can actually be found…

Two, one, two, three, four
Ev’rybody’s talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism,
Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, That-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m
All we are saying is give piece a chance,
All we are saying is give piece a chance
Ev’rybody’s talking about ministers,
Sinister, Banisters
And canisters, Bishops, Fishops,
Rabbis, and Pop eyes, Bye, bye, bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance
Let me tell you now
Revoluton, evolution, m*sturb*tion,
Flagellation, regulation, integrations,
Meditations, United Nations,
Ev’rybody’s talking about
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan,
Tommy Copper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer,
Allen Ginsberg, Hare Krishna,
Hare Krishna

Ironic, isn’t it? There’s no mention of Jesus.

Take a few minutes today to share this piece of American pop culture with your children and watch the Beatles sing the very first song they ever recorded 47 years ago today:

And if your homeschool classroom has been a little chaotic this week, won’t you give Peace a chance? Not Hare Krishna. Not John and Yoko, Bobby Dylan or Timmy Leary. Invite the Prince of Peace Himself to be a part of your homeschool day; this day and every day.

Peaceful students. Peaceful teachers. Peaceful conversations. Peaceful meals. Peaceful bedtimes. Won’t you give the Prince of Peace a chance?


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