cold wind blowing
the cries of God’s people
to break the barriers
between brother and sister
how can love
feel so helpless
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
More bad news on the news this morning. The devil’s work.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
in its death throes
shedding the blood
as the serpent writhes
and the roaring
of the sea is heard
across the land
finger pointing between the major powers
while children die in the rubble of their argument
morality buried under power struggles
by the bombs they claim not to have dropped
and the world watches, helpless to stop
this blasphemy, against humanity, against God
and our prayers bounce off the uncaring sky
I will not share the photographs of this suffering…we have all seen them. This is humanity’s shame.
rumbling all night
flashing and cracking
along the deck
kettle-drumming the roof
whistling down the windows
under a livid sky
trees wave white flags
to the wind
and once again
terror strikes in Belgium
from misguided fools
who think their God
but He has said:
What does the Lord
require of you
but to do justice
and to love kindness
and to walk humbly
with your God
© Maureen Sudlow
I normally stay away from political matters on my blog, but in this case I have to speak out.
I am deeply concerned about the impact of the TPPA on the future of New Zealand. From my observations, and the observations of some very astute people, we will definitely be:
Restricting our ability to stop foreign ownership of our land and housing.
Restricting our ability to protect our resources from exploitation by big Corporates.
Restricting our ability to protect our environment.
Increasing the cost of medication.
Restricting our ability to make sovereign decisions where these appear to impinge on the rights of foreign Corporates, particularly in the fields of health and welfare.
It seems to me that perceived gains will be negligible against the losses.
I am reminded of a Biblical story where Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for the immediate perceived benefit of a good meal… (Genesis 25-26)
I am sick of hearing the words ‘child poverty’. We aren’t talking child poverty here – we are talking ‘family poverty’. I am sick of the idea that if we just throw handouts at the problem it will go away. It will only go away if we drastically improve the lot of working families in this country. We have a Government sitting smugly on their hands while the income inequality in this country continues to skyrocket. I am sick of politicians who value expedience over people. Wake up New Zealand!
MP’s get another pay rise
and the Government
sells off more State housing
Health Boards facing
more budget cuts
but we can’t afford
to pay workers
a decent living wage
let’s throw a few million
at the latest flag referendum
swept under the carpet
with their families
© Maureen Sudlow