This is a most solemn day. Remembering those courageous men and women who lost their lives in service to our nation creates a conflict in my heart and mind. When thought about in a mass grouping of military persons it’s a little easier to do. Songs rise up in my heart of patriotism and fighting injustice to protect our beloved nation and her people. They bring a about a tear and elicit a mournful pride in my mind.
But when I think about individuals, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, my heart breaks. My mind ponders what is to be done to stop war.
My father was a patriot. He was also a funeral director. When I was 12 our family hosted a Soldier who was the escort for a fellow who died on the Vietnam war. He was an amazing young man who impressed me with his helpful nature. He wanted to help around the house, go food shopping and cook us a dinner. I don’t know who or where he is but I remember his service not only to a deceased soldier but to our family and our nation.
I want wars to end and evil to depart for it is evil that starts wars. The evil of hatred and fear, pride,power and greed that people allow into their hearts and it spreads like an epidemic.
My heart and mind and spirit sing another song.
This Is My Song
Lloyd Stone and Georgia Harkness
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine:
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.
May truth and freedom come to every nation;
may peace abound where strife has raged so long;
that each may seek to love and build together,
a world united, righting every wrong;
a world united in its love for freedom,
proclaiming peace together in one song.*
Thank you to all who serve, putting aside self for the good of many. Thank you to those families who lost loved ones, my heart grieves with you.
May we all work for peace.
Blessings of Hope,