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On the morning news, I was watching a young girl bravely and calmly give an account of the carnage at a San Diego, California synagogue shooting that took place recently.  Around the world, people of faith have been attacked in their houses of worship.  I stopped and asked my Lord . . . Why?

Psalm 26:5:  “I hate the company of evildoers and will not sit with the wicked.”

Psalm 68:1:  “Let God rise up let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee before Him.”

Dear Lord

Sitting here

Watching news

Wondering again




Darkness comes

Another shooting

More violence




Godly people

With faith

Under attack




Where does

Such hate

Come from




Turning to

Reading scripture

Praying fervently




Our Father

Bring all

Faithful strength



aged ancient asian buddhism

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As I was preparing this poem, I took a moment to go back to a previous poem about prayer.  I found some peace from Morning Prayer.

17 thoughts on “Why?

  1. “Truth is an arrow
    and the gate is narrow
    that is passes through
    He unreleased His power
    at an unknown hour
    that no one knew
    How long can I listen to
    the lies of prejudice ?
    How long can I stay drunk on fear
    out in the wilderness ?
    Can I cast it aside,
    all this loyalty and this pride ?
    Will I ever learn
    that there’ll be no peace,
    that the war won’t cease
    Until He returns ?”
    ~ Bob Dylan

    The dividing … It is happening.

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  2. It’s so sad that most of us have been reduced to such ruthless beasts, when in fact the gift of life itself is such a precious one. Creatures like these don’t really realise how special each one of us is, which I’m sure truly saddens God, if he’s watching. Seeing such innocent children become victims to this kind of violence is horrifying.

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