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The Politics of Love (from a book ‘The Passing Summer’ by Michael Cassidy)

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Prayer for South Africa and especially Africa

This Prayer was originally written in 1994 (before South Africa’s first “Democratic” election. I have updated it slightly (today – 4am!) and am sharing it with a view to helping (in some small way) create global awareness of the current desperate plight of South Africa’s northern neighbour, Zimbabwe. This piece (as with all my articles) may be freely published (and prayed)… and If these writings make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy in an often very dark world, then I’m very happy.

(and especially Southern Africa and most importantly, Zimbabwe…Somalia, and Darfur in Sudan… but especially for the people afflicted by the great central African drought and famine)

We join in prayer to celebrate this new nation and surrender its destiny to you. We give thanks in our hearts to the founding of this vibrant nation of diverse peoples, a beautiful yet tragic land built upon the rivers of blood, that flowed from our forefathers; yet still flow today…a ‘happy sad’ land of such contrasts. We give thanks for and bless the souls of those, who came before us and prepared this nation, to nurture and to save it; because so many gave their lives for it, some selflessly and many needlessly.

We ask that God’s Holy Spirit now fill the hearts of all this great nation’s citizens with thoughts of goodwill, righteousness, justice, acceptance and respect for others. In this may we be cleansed of all destructive thoughts. May judgement of others, bigotry, racism and intolerance be washed clean from our hearts, like the blood of our forefathers.

God, instil in us especially a generous spirit of forgiveness and hope for the future.
May we play our parts, all of us, in the healing and the furtherance of our diverse country; so that South Africa will one day fulfil its immense potential, a promise yet to be fulfilled. To do the very best within our abilities in developing “the Beloved Country” socially, politically, economically and spiritually…in a spirit of acceptance, co-operation, reconciliation and peace – each and every one of us. Continue reading

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It’s Not the Mountain We Conquer, but Ourselves”

When you have hope in the heart, you’ll never walk alone.”
“From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis, the immense breadth and depth of the human spirit… always.”

– craig

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“Here was a light behind the despair, beyond the darkness. At first a flicker of an ember, just a tiny pin-prick of dawning possibilities. Then burning slowly, brightly and bigger, a glimmer, a candle in the blackness of despair, which gave off just enough of a glow (luminescence?) to light a path. And so show the rest of us the way ahead… a path to endless possibilities…from the darkness into the eternal light.”

as adapted (slightly) from Rian Malan’s powerful words in ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ (pg 413)

“Without trust, there is no hope for love and love is all we ever have to hold against the dark.”
– Creina Alcock

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