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Have You Grown Numb?
by Joyce Poet
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I've been intending to repost this poem for several days now. I finally got around to searching through the multitude of poetry I've written since this one. But it's not so much the poem itself that I want to share.

The war in Iraq has been going on for so long now and people still die there daily so violently. After so long, I believe that the general population, other than those whose loved ones are directly affected, have become numb in waiting for it to end. Tragedy after tragedy after tragedy simply does that to people. I think that it's built into us as a protective mechanism to keep us from becoming overly sickened by the grief of it all.

But friends, it is so important that we continue faithfully to lift our brothers and sisters up in prayer who are there today, willingly putting their own lives at risk for every one of us. Let us not forget their sacrifices.

If it's been a while since you last prayed for our military, please just take out a moment to do so today. Almost every day I hear complaints about the fact that we still have people there. But seldom do I hear a prayer for them.

Elizabeth's Sacrifice

John 15:12-14 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

Dedicated to an American sailor, my niece, Elizabeth:

When you took that step off the shore
And, on the Boxer, set out to sail,
I must admit, I lacked confidence
That my prayers for you would prevail.

I remember bathing you, combing your hair,
Taking you out in the yard to play,
Reading to you from ‘The Cat in the Hat,’
Not knowing how brave you’d have to be one day.

When you, young mothers, feel impatient
As they cut teeth and struggle to walk,
When they cry all night and you’re all they know,
And can’t tell you because they can’t talk,

Think of my sweet Elizabeth
And her most humble sacrifice.
Think of all the things she missed at home
While her own babies were paying the price.

I can’t give her back those precious months,
Jackson's first steps or Kacie's laughter.
But I know there’s a great reward set up
For sweet Elizabeth in the eternal hereafter.

Her sacrifice was so much greater
Than just eight months in the open sea;
She gave away precious moments of her life
For the likes of common men like you and me.

There’s nothing that we could ever do,
Nothing on this earth that was ever made,
That will ever make up for the sacrifice
That my sweet, sweet Elizabeth paid.
© Joyce Pool

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Christian Coutts 12 Jun 2007
Beautiful. I hope to run across her. God bless. In Christ, Christian
Jacque Sauter 05 Jun 2007
Dear Joyce, (Thank you for your comment today on my morning posting)...Thank you for your poem for your niece and other's in our military. I have a friend whose son is in the Rangers. She bought my parents home, (my only home through child and adulthood; 1940 --1994) I actually wear the war on my nerves throughout the day, stopping to pray and sigh to God. Thank you for reminding us all to pray and plead for evil to be stomped out, crushed down, and ... hurry Lord Jesus, WE ARE WAITING FOR YOUR RETURN! Love, Jacque
Jacque Sauter 05 Jun 2007
Dearest Joyce, Sweet Elizabeth's sacrifice has indeed brought a heaviness around my heart, and a respect and love for her, and thee others who are standing up to evil, and suffering. You must miss her terribly. You have much love in your soul, and I'm sure we all will pray even more now because of your sharing. Love and healings, Jacque
Jane Morin 04 Jun 2007
Thank you Joyce for sharing such a sacred voice in poem. Very touching and a great reminder of how much more we need to pray!
Mitzi Busby 04 Jun 2007
As beautiful as the first time I read it. Thank you Elizabeth and others serving our country. Thank you, Father, that we live in a free country.
David&Dee Jobes 04 Jun 2007
Beautiful Inspiring piece and poetry!Thanks for the gentle reminder to pray! With Jesus Love, Dee "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
David&Dee Jobes 04 Jun 2007
Beautiful Moving Inspiring piece and poem!
Julia May 03 Jun 2007
Joyce - Thank you for writing this. I think we have grown numb. This is a wonderful reminder for all Christians to continue to lift up our soldiers every day. God bless your heart. In Christ's Love, Julia
Sharon McClean 03 Jun 2007
Dearest Joyce, Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder of our troops. I believe that Peggy stated it so well, I agree with everything that she said. The Scripture also says, "Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for THEY shall be called THE SONS OF GOD." They are indeed our peacemakers and we owe them so very much. I will indeed remember to pray for them daily. I love you, Sharon
Julie Pisacane 03 Jun 2007
Great message and reminder . Thank you for sharing this here . Yours In Christ,Julie
Thomas Kittrell 03 Jun 2007
Treava, well stated and right on time! God bless.
Peggy Yengling 03 Jun 2007
Thank you, Treava, for this very poignant reminder to 'feel' for those who are protecting us and who all too often give their lives for us in so many ways! We do become numb hearing the daily counts of those killed or injured and seeing the endless coverage on the news...it seems so far away... yet, these are 'our kids' calling upon their inner strength and courage so that we may live good lives so far away from them! May God bless and protect them all! Thank you for steering our thoughts and prayers to these wonderful guardians of freedom! Love, Peggy
collette mcfarland 03 Jun 2007
thanks, I needed this. I have friends and neighbors with kids over there and I sometimes forget to pray.I'm doing that now!!!


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