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A Thought on Memorial Day

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Tomahawk Missile

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

What Shall We Do when there Seems to be No Hope?

What kind of hope and vision were necessary to see this through?

What kind of hope and vision were necessary to see this through?

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
– Dale Carnegie

The Christmas Tapestry

This is ammunition from World War II. The countries listed are Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Do you remember the song "Silent Night - 7 O'clock News" by Simon and Garfunkel?

This is ammunition from World War II. The countries listed are Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.
Do you remember the song “Silent Night – 7 O’clock News” by Simon and Garfunkel?

The Christmas Tapestry
By Michael Hare Duke
The humdrum duties of the land,
feeding the beasts, mucking out the straw
provide the dull hessian background
of the Christmas scene.
Suddenly the tapestry is lit
by glory’s gold
and smirched by red threads of violence.
First the angel song
caroling the Word made flesh,
then the murderous fire of Herod’s fear
slaying the Innocents
Is conflict part of the perennial pattern
of our response to Love’s story?
Colonial might, conversion
proceeding from the barrel of a gun
betray the gracious Christ;
the fear of might and money
breed Terror.
Innocents of Palestine,
Arab and Jew
bleed from the bombs and guns
that violence deploys;
the flash of gunfire
rapes the night’s tranquility over Baghdad;
the mothers of Breslan weep for their children
and will not be comforted.
Meanwhile there’s far within;
as each of us grows old
black crows of death and disease
darken our days.
Come Love anew
let the angels’ song
counterpoint our tears
and lace the clouds with glory.
Give us an unambiguous blessing
by the Birth
to paint a rainbow
above our hearts’ distress.
With love and prayers for Light to overcome
the current darkness, political, ecclesiastical and personal.

Thoughts for Memorial Day

May we see a day when we no longer feel the need to use such weapons.

I always enjoy going to the website gratefulness.org. I found the following there today, and it reminds me of my reflections last night after watching 60 Minutes and listening and observing the effects of our wars upon these women and men who have offered their lives for others.

Today we show our gratitude for life by mourning war’s victims, both military and civilian. Their loss reminds us how terrible war is, and we pledge our lives anew to the mediation, mercy, and compassion which bring about peace.