Hiroshima Day Poem – Hiroshima Day is designated as August 6th
This can be used as a responsive prayer As we remember holocaust, in horror disbelieving the history of the human race, we share each other’s grieving; God purge us of hypocrisy, of all our self-deceiving.
Our language is inadequate, unfit for the expression of hatred that we visualise, humanity’s confession; we hurry headlong into hell, we witness love’s regression.
The deepest, distant agony that throbs through all creation, the silent tears that quietly fall in every generation, are signs of our humanity, our need for re-creation.
God give us strength to make a pledge to move beyond contention, to see, in each, humanity. Through greater good intention, God, move us toward a purer love, a gracious intervention.
Reflections for Ukraine based on some of my texts on Premier Christian Radio were broadcast (Freeview channel 725) on Sunday 13th March 2022 0800 hours (UK)A video prepared for SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE is available here with thanks to Pam Rhodes and Gareth Moore (to be broadcast Sunday 20th March 2022 at 1800 hours UK)
Also see hymn @ https://hymnsandbooksblog.uk/2022/03/01/we-hear-the-news-in-anguish-hymn-at-time-of-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/
What sharp protestations might echo the prophets,
could mirror the actions of Christ and the cross?
We witness indifference, inaction and malice,
that break up communities, add to our loss.
But how can we counter political action
that builds upon selfishness slander and lies,
that blinds us to suffering, homelessness, hunger,
ignoring these needs as our barren earth dies?
While violence surrounds us, our dark contemplation
breeds hopelessness, helplessness, absence of light;
yet here in the darkness a spark might still smoulder,
that love might still fan to dispel hatred’s night.
Join hands now, God’s people, let love be our watchword,
let Christ be our model of life giving grace,
that those of each nation, the war torn, the migrant,
may find they are welcome right now in this place.