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This poem, a conversation, taken from my journal this morning are some thoughts running through my head regarding violence.  I don't watch TV, so I sometimes miss the graphic violence that is occurring around our world.  I missed seeing/hearing about the bomb in Lebanon, so close to our dear soup friend Eileen.  If you have not read her blog please do . . . she has lived through so much violence.  It is hard for me to comprehend her life -- living with so much destruction.  I would be reduced to a puddle of tears but she is courageous and refuses to give up -- she lives with passion!  For what it is worth (I am afraid not much) this poem is for you, LO!  All the best.



“Peace I leave with you
           my peace I give you
           I do not give to you as the world gives 
           Do not let your hearts be troubled
                 do not be afraid”  (John 14:27)

But I am scared
      Blood runs down streets
      Hatred, rage, violence dance 
            In a chaotic frenzy performance
                     of evil malice . . . 

What do your words mean?
      Are they void – empty promises?
Where is the peace in deafening explosions?
  In the cacophony of rapid gun fire?
     Screams of horror?
           Tears of death???

“I am the resurrection and the life 
     The one who believes in me will live 
                 even though they die 
     and whoever lives by believing in me will never die 
     Do you believe this?”  John 25:26

Yes, I want too . . .
     But fear creeps around my heart
     Its cancerous fibers sinking deep – choking me
     Doubts greet me in the morning
     Panic sleeps in my bed
     I am weak
     Hear my cries of desperation      

“Be strong and courageous
       Do not be afraid 
       do not be discouraged 
          for the Lord your God will be with you 
                wherever you go”   (Joshua 1:9)

Stay close – fill me
     I cannot see – 
     Darkness surrounds me
     Death, destruction, desecration, depression
     Blood, bitterness, bile, blight 

“I have come into the world as a light
              so that no one who believes in me 
             should stay in darkness
             If anyone hears my words but does not keep them
             I do not judge that person
             For I did not come to judge the world
                        but to save the world” (John 12:46-47)

I cannot begin to fathom this
         How great is this love
               Forgiveness over revenge
	           Peace over violence
	                Life over death
	                        Love over hate
                  Help me I pray

“A new command I give you 
              Love one another
             As I have loved you
             so you must love one another”  (John 13:34)

Love one another . . . 

David Meade

Love Generously

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 9/17/2019 10:36:00 PM
Now one of my favorites... it's awesome beyond words. I love it. Happy writing and God bless you always
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Date: 12/20/2016 3:35:00 AM
Very well written David, It is hard believing when so much is going on all around us!!! Best Wishes Kevin
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Date: 12/19/2016 4:56:00 PM
Hello David!! I somehow had missed this passionate and very compelling poem from the past. It's a marvelous write encapsulated in three simple words: "Love on another." This is a FAV always for me!! Cheers and Best on This Christmas Season . . . Gary
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Date: 2/25/2016 9:30:00 AM
This is beautiful and creative. Thank you so much for this lovely and useful share....
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Date: 12/14/2015 11:18:00 PM
This is a very exciting piece! I struggle in prayer, and the beautiful poetry you have written validates my, "wrestle with God," and reminds me of Jacob wrestling all night and saying, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”.
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Date: 12/14/2015 10:55:00 AM
Awesome poem using apposite bible verses that were true then as they are today. Jesus Christ reigns, and the war is won already by His sacrifice. However, no one is extinct to sin, and right now we have a man made religion that garnered more power in the last 50 years than ever before, believes in a Caliphate; once again, man made doctrine and their dogma that they must take over the world. If one is not Muslim they have their head chopped off. Is this Christ? Sorry, no. Great work.
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Date: 12/14/2015 10:58:00 AM
I especially love Joshua 1:9 which I think of all the time when I run into a battle in life. He trusted in God, but oh how it must have felt to be told from the heavens "Be bold and courageous" God is telling all Christians this again, now. I am not suggesting war, but I am not ashamed of the Gospel of God and Jesus Christ; and will fight for Him. Thomas
Date: 12/13/2015 6:10:00 PM
Thanks David for including scripture it's what gives real comfort, more so than our words, although your words are beautiful too. FYI I think typo in 2nd scripture missing chptr11 no 25:26
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Date: 12/13/2015 12:42:00 PM
Adding to my fav. phyl
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Date: 12/13/2015 12:41:00 PM
A awesome inspirational poem to remind us to love one another. The greatest gift of all. God bless. love phyl
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Date: 12/10/2015 10:33:00 AM
Another lovely heartfelt write David. I , also am a christian , though no as devout as I should be. I too, struggle with the meaning of some of the scriptures, failing to see the end result. I do as I am bid. I love everyone . Be Blessed my friend. D.
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Date: 12/9/2015 10:03:00 AM
Love one another and love all by keeping all types of chaos and violence. My favorite poem my lovely friend. A 7 and loved always,bl
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Date: 12/9/2015 9:00:00 AM
Wonderful reminders as gift to all.
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Date: 12/2/2015 8:12:00 PM
brilliant david.connecting bible and the present. wow
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Date: 11/27/2015 5:35:00 PM
Oh yes David, oh yes. A Fav! If not for love then what? love always, armand
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Date: 11/25/2015 4:45:00 PM
This is amazing my friend. I love it flows, it so much interesting. Excellent.........A.M.
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Date: 11/25/2015 8:06:00 AM
David, I will definitely fav this gem of yours. Absolutely love it, something that needs to be shared with others so that it can be put into action :)
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Date: 11/23/2015 8:07:00 AM
Your words are truly inspiring! It is a certain reminder that we are not alone in this world and through the horrific events that have surrounded us we still have hope!
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David Meade
Date: 11/23/2015 2:04:00 PM
Hey Meg, hope you had a great smoothie this morning. Thank-you for your wonderful comment! Hope is a great word and something we need to hold onto even with all of the violence around the world. Big hugs!
Date: 11/21/2015 7:43:00 AM amazing tribute to love, if only this world had more people expressing it. Terrific write! Hugs
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Date: 11/21/2015 5:41:00 AM
Thank you for sharing this inspirational poem, David! In the present world situation it takes on extra meaning. Your motto "Love Generously" is amply reflected in these powerful words. A 7 & fave. All the best, my friend. // paul
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Date: 11/20/2015 8:30:00 PM
I love these types of poems in general, and this one in particular is amazing in the message and the softness from which you speak to offer such great comfort.
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Date: 11/20/2015 4:16:00 PM
I thought about writing something like this for one of the contests, only using a Christmas song with my own words echoing between the lines. I love the way you created this David. It is comforting and beautiful to read, inspiring the soul! #7
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Date: 11/20/2015 9:45:00 AM
Amazing thoughtful and sensitive piece.
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Date: 11/20/2015 9:00:00 AM
this reflective write lightens my heart, david..peace to you with brotherly huggs!
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Date: 11/20/2015 12:25:00 AM
Oh how I needed this tonight, David! Your inspired words go perfectly with the Scripture...simply exceptional and one for my FAVs. Hugs, Rhonda
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Date: 11/19/2015 10:44:00 PM
David, how skillfully you weave the promises of Scripture with the fears and doubts of those who are suffering in trials and persecution in your magnificent poem! We have such great hope when we look to the Savior for answers. A 7 and a fave :)
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