Since the time of George Fox, Quakers have sought to avoid war or participation in wars. The peace testimony remains one of the core elements of modern Quakerism, and is manifest in diverse activities of members of the Society of Friends in
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
"I have never lost the enjoyment of sitting in silence at the beginning of meeting, knowing that everything can happen, knowing the joy of utmost surprise; feeling that nothing is preordained, nothing is set, all is open.
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O Spirit of that early day,
So pure and strong and true,
Be with us in the narrow way
Our faithful fathers knew.
Give strength the evil to forsake,
"Wait all on the Lord that you may be settled and stayed in the Lord, and to grow up in the Light that gave forth the Scriptures, that there may be no stumbling about the words, which came from the Light. For no Creature can read the Scriptures t