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James Hart

(21.06.53 / Grappenhall, Cheshire)

Good Friday


This is a prayer which is also a poem
A short poem which is also a prayer, one of my ‘psalms’
A simple meditation on war and suffering
A way of saying sorry and a way of saying thank you
A way of saying please, please God help us to please you
O Father, hear us

We remember today so as not to forget
We remember today so as not to repeat
But we do forget and we have to repeat
And in repeating we have to repent
Is there any way out of this cycle dear Lord?
O Father forgive us

We forget the pain, the suffering and death
The death of the young, the death of the innocent
Death in Iraq, death in Great Britain
Death in Baghdad, death London
Is there any way out of this dear Lord?
O Father forgive us

But we care for the victims
We wear our poppies with pride
13 million eligible for support from the British Legion
With its 300,000 calls for help every year
They are cared for and housed by us
Thank you God

But no rights can cancel out our wrongs
Only your forgiveness, dear God
Pour into our hearts the grace of mount Calvary
Pour into our hearts the love of the cruel cross
And help us forever to walk in your ways,
Dear God, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


©2009
James Hart

Submitted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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