The War Prayer Revisited  

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7/16/2006 7:40 pm

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The War Prayer Revisited

To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late
Pete Seeger

I know its probably early in my blogging life to have such negative energy, but I came to a startling and terrible realization today. You see, a fine young man, just older than my oldest son, is presently a Marine in Iraq. Every time I see the awful news of a Marine killed or wounded, I hope and pray that it is not the young man I know. The realization that struck home is this: If not him, who? In effect, if my wish is granted, some other parent, spouse, or child will suffer a loss I desperately wish to avoid. That is where this war has brought us, living in real time the words set out by Mark Twain in his short work: The War Prayer.

"...For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of--lest he pause to think...Is it one prayer? No, it is two--one uttered, the other not...If you would beseech a blessing on yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time..."

I do not seek to alienate anyone here. Please understand, my fears are deep-seated, and have intesified with age. I had two wonderful friends go off to the jungles of VietNam. Only one came home alive. The other survives as a name carved into a black wall. Now I see, again, a government placing men and women at great risk in an untenable situation far from home, and I am afraid for each and every one of them. I can only wish them a safe journey, until they can all come home.
Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been
Grateful Dead

lovemetouchme5 51F
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7/16/2006 10:01 pm

I'm too young to know much about vietnam...but I do know what's going on now. Hopefully the soldiers will not go through the same as back then. Good post noglory! Keep it coming!

NoGlory777 replies on 7/17/2006 10:34 pm:
Be glad you didn't experience all that went on. It was such a divisive time. Hope it does not come to that with the current conflict. Thanks for the encouraging words.

smoothnjuicy4u 50F

7/17/2006 8:02 pm

Just support the troops you dont have to agree with why they are there, just pray and support them. BTW welcome I just saw your comment on Mzhuny's blog and wanted to check your blog out.

NoGlory777 replies on 7/17/2006 10:35 pm:
Thank you for the welcome, and the encouragement. Not sure where this is going, but enjoying the ride. And you are so right..the troops deserve and need our support and prayers..

Hydragenias 56F

7/17/2006 8:50 pm

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'm really glad I stopped by yours. I have a feeling yours is going to be a very good read.

Welcome to Blogville!

NoGlory777 replies on 7/17/2006 10:36 pm:
Hi. Thanks for the welcome. I have enjoyed your blog, and so many others. Glad to have you here.

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