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The War Prayer Revisited
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
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
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!|
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.|
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. |
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