More Than Singing and Praying
11/28/2008 - Susan Terbay
Iím sitting here after drinking a cocktail of Motrin and acid stomach meds; Motrin for the aches and pains in bringing out boxes of decorations and stomach meds because Iím taking Motrin. I love the line in Fried Green Tomatoes, ďIím too old to be young and too young to be old.Ē Each year I find out how much older and how less younger I am at this time of year.
I know the last few blogs were about prayer, love and thanksgiving and Iím
right there with all and more especially with my son being home finally and out
of the military and harmsí way of war. There are also my memories of the past six years when I experienced an emptiness within my heart because of my son constantly in a war. Even now deep within me I cannot let go of concern, worry and emptiness that I know other mothers are feeling right now with their sons and daughters still in a war, far away from home. It is an inner conflict I have experienced so many times these past 6+ years. Whenever they reported soldiers hurt or killed my heart would stop until I knew it wasnít my son. Then a great feeling of sadness comes over me because some motherís heart has stopped because her childís heart has stopped and nothing will ever be the same for her again.
War is hell and of course the world situation right now may lend to another possibility of more and more bloodshed because terrorists are dictating our lives and how to resolve differences Ė not through talks or understanding but through violence and death. They want us to lower ourselves to their standards and we seem fearful to bring them up to ours.
So while I medicate my physical pain of over-doing I cannot seem to find the medication to ignore and remain silent about violence. We will sing of peace on earth, and we will pray for it but we also have to stand up and speak out for it. The blogs during the election spoke of peopleís differences of leadership. Well the leadership has been decided and now together we must find the answers and work for peace, not just sing and pray for. Otherwise next year will we be facing yet another continuem of war and peace will remain just a word, a song and a prayer.
And before I'm called to the task of being naieve and ignorant of the world - I just happen to believe and follow the teachings of the Man for whom this Season is all about. So that's okay to call me such - I like the company.
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||Mary Allan Mill from St. Petersburg FL wrote:
It does not seem to stop, does it? Now India and Pakistan where terrible conflicts have boiled and bubbled for years, now finally erupts into the media. Years ago I met the Shah of Iran and Neville Chamberlain - not at the same time, obviously...two men who desperately wanted peace for their countries and the world. It slipped from their grasp. Let us hope that those who take over the direction our country is to take will be wise and successful in their efforts.
||Suzanne Caplan from PA wrote:
It will take those of us who care enough to let our leaders know early and often that violence is not an answer. I shudder when I think of John McCain in the role of Preisdent-Elect. He would have sabre rattled immediately. America has set a great example for peaceful discourse internally, we must do so internationally.
||Susan Terbay from Dayton OH wrote:
I'm so glad I'm still connected with the military group of men and women, young and old who see war for what it is and what it does and what it fails to do. As a nation we have spoken, and now we must act - walk the talk.
||Sue Ann Crockett from Ferndale WA wrote:
An amazing man and religious leader once said: "Pray like everything depends upon God, and then work like everything depends upon you." Great quote.. and so true.
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