8th is near again. Every year, on this day, I hear from many people from all over
the world who remember my husband, John Lennon, and his message of peace. They
write to tell me they are thinking of John on this day and how he was shot and
killed at the prime of his life, at age 40, when he had so much life ahead of
Thank you for your undying love for John and also for your
concern for me on this tragic anniversary. This year, though, on December 8th,
while we remember John, I would also like us to focus on sending the following
messages to the millions of people suffering around the world:
the people who have also lost loved ones without cause: forgive us for having
been unable to stop the tragedy. We pray for the wounds to heal.
the soldiers of all countries and of all centuries, who were maimed for life,
or who lost their lives: forgive us for our misjudgments and what happened as
a result of them.
To the civilians who were maimed, or killed,
or who lost their family members: forgive us for having been unable to prevent
To the people who have been abused and tortured: forgive
us for having allowed it to happen.
Know that your loss
is our loss.
Know that the physical and mental abuse you have endured will
have a lingering effect on our society, and the world.
Know that the burden
As the widow of one who was killed by an act of violence, I don't
know if I am ready yet to forgive the one who pulled the trigger. I am sure all
victims of violent crimes feel as I do. But healing is what is urgently needed
now in the world.
Let's heal the wounds together.
year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered
Let's wish strongly that one day we will be able to say
that we healed ourselves, and by healing ourselves, we healed the world.
Yoko Ono Lennon
New York City 2006