Let There Be Peace on Earth" is a song written by Jill
Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller in 1955. It was initially
written for and sung by the International Children's
Choir created by Easter Beakly and Arthur Granger of
the Granger Dance Academy in Long Beach, California.
The song's composers led a number of rehearsals for the
children's choir from 1955 to 1957, and the song
continues to be the theme for this group of children
who represent a host of nations and who sang in
Washington, DC at the JW Marriott next to the White
House in 2002.
Jackson-Miller, who had been suicidal after the failure
of a marriage, later said that she wrote the song after
discovering what she called the "life-saving joy of
God's peace and unconditional love." The song is
performed worldwide throughout the year, and
particularly during the Christmas season, which has led
to it being considered a Christmas song. It is included
in the hymnals of a variety of Christian denominations,
and is used in worship services even by a number of
denominations that do not include it in their
The original lyrics for "Let There Be Peace on Earth"
have been altered on many occasions for differing
reasons, including for gender neutrality (where
"father" is replaced with "creator", and "brother" is
replaced with "family" or "each other"), and secularity
(where "God as our Father" is replaced with "Earth as
our Mother" or "love as our compass").
Although originally composed for Voice (SATB), I
created this Arrangement for Flute & Strings (2
Violins, Viola, Cello & Bass).