This poem was recently written by a dear friend. She is a woman of deep faith and this is a piece she is very proud of. With her permission, I am sharing it with you.
GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
By the blood of Jesus we’re sanctified,
Cleansed free from sin you’re now justified,
Honour, trust me along life’s stormy way,
My grace is sufficient for you each day,
Praises of adulation we joyfully sing,
We’ll worship our heavenly Saviour and King,
By my stripes you’re healed and made whole,
Let the Holy Spirit minister to your soul,
My peace is truly given to everyone,
Unconditional love comes from God’s beloved son,
We are blessed more than we say,
Start anew each morning, always pray.
Author is Hilda Oakley. This piece, as all pieces on this site, is copyrighted.
Last year, on ANZAC day, I wrote about the dark side of this event in the Australian calendar.
You can read it here: http://ANZAC Day's Dark Secret
In response to these thoughts, rather than attend the War Memorial Services, I’m creating a more personal approach.
Instead of listening to stories designed to whip up the Patriotic spirit, I’ve chosen to light a candle. With the candle keeping me company, I sit and dwell on all the reasons why war is not the best way to win at anything.
Not only do I consider war in the context of the ANZACs, but I also spend some time soul searching for when I’ve instigated war and conflict within my own life.
The solution, if it cannot be found in the wider world, can be found at home with oneself. And for that to happen, it’s important to take time out from the busyness of society and look towards one’s own life and impact upon others.
What thoughts do you have on how to cease war?
What personal stand are you making in order to create a more peaceful world?