At a Loss

©bholmesy

©bholmesy

At a Loss

I sit here this morning

in the dark

at a loss.

 

I don’t understand

how someone can

support abortion legislation

but not support gun control

while children are being gunned down

every day in our streets, in our schools, in our back yards.

 

I sit here this morning

in the dark

at a loss.

 

I don’t understand

how someone can

support family values

when they hate “those people”

who also have families to support

and don’t want “those people,” (whose children are dying)

to enter our borders when this country

was founded on “give me your tired, your poor,

your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,”

and you have fourteen guns locked away in your closet.

 

I sit here this morning

in the dark

at a loss.

 

I don’t understand,

and I shed tears

for what this country could be:

welcoming, loving, compassionate

and safe for all children, unborn and born,

whether my children, your children or “their” children.

If we divide safety for children, the unborn or born,

mine, yours or theirs, why don’t we simply

tear down the Statue of Liberty, because it’s a lie.

Or let’s do what it says. After all,

we’re America, land of the free.

15 comments

  1. Beautifully said. A sorrow that keeps us all from the joy of full communion with each other and with our God until we rectify our attitudes and commit solely to love and compassion.

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    1. Yes, Kathryn. It’s that mourning I feel, and can only pray we come to our senses sooner than later.

      Thank you for this caring comment.

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  2. Were it about a galaxy, I would call this ‘an Expanse’—a vast one, at that. 🙂 🍸

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  3. You already know how I feel on all this Susan and that I agree with your poem, 100%. As for God being in control, yes, but, He sent us His Son, Jesus Christ to show us how to behave and we are not following His example. God will reward us when we actually walk in His footsteps and until then, we will have big problems. Thank you for this poignant piece.

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    1. Thank you, Beth, for chiming in.

      God is in control, but we are also to follow Jesus’ commands to love one another. I just don’t see what arming ourselves has to do with that. Jesus preached against that in the first century. He refused to take the mantle of arms. He said if you live by the sword, you’ll die by the sword. Yet here we are again, forming our own individual armies, seeing enemies at every turn of the head.

      Instead, we need to see neighbors.

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  4. Amen sister, preach it girl!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Diana. Every once in a while, I need to hear one of those! 🙂

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  5. The True Light! · ·

    I read Lilka above all the time and agree with her comments regarding this post. Very powerful and timely. All I might add is that no matter what bad things seem to be happening, God IS in control and they are happening for His reasons. We must trust that!! His plans are far above our understanding, Susan.

    I don’t like nor understand it any better than you do. But I trust in my Lord that these things must be as they are. Try to console your mind with this mindset…

    Steve

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    1. Very good point, Steve, and I must remember that at all times. Thank you for the gracious reminder.

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      1. The True Light! · ·

        Thank you, Susan. And that was intended to be “preachy,” just a comment from an admiring reader!

        Enjoy your day…Steve

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  6. Good stuff. This is the land of the free and the brave. Often, with all the craziness today, I wonder if we’ve forgotten this! … Food for thought: I have no problem with those who want to come to this country legally through a process; however, those who want to come illegally are, too often, coming with ill intent. I have many, many friends who have immigrated to this country. I love them for it, and they are proud of their American citizenship. It’s those who come illegally and for the wrong reasons who I’m not excited about!! 😁

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    1. Yes, I think we react to the small number seeking to harm and extend bad motives to all. I hope we can take a step back and see individuals, and respond to honest needs.

      Thank you so much your respectful and thoughtful comments.

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  7. Powerful and timely. Wise, wise words.

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