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Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)
TITLE: A Reflection at the Grimmest Site
By Caleb Cheong
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It asked me to write about a disaster,
near the fields of poppies, lilies and sunflowers
I wondered how I could cope with the tragic plight
Equipped with a pen and some paper
I reached the grimmest site, guarded
by the gunmen who motioned us
to stay within the bounds
I scanned the plain with a heavy heart
The fields were littered with broken parts
and strewn with lifeless bodies grouped with bags,
guide books, a child's playing cards, and a woman's hat.
A tragic sense of devastation gripped me tight
Tears welling out from the depths of my soul,
I took out my pen to scribble
My heart went out to the victims and the bereaved families
Why on earth would we humans do such things?
Why them? These victims were indeed innocent
I breathed a silent prayer for the families and the governments
for their comfort, strength, and wisdom
Should we not cherish and love those
who are still around?
Though old and frail, and their health may fail,
we are thankful that they have been our towers of strength
My heart was overflowing with sadness
as I echoed the words of the Apostle Paul:
"We were so utterly, unbearably crushed
that we despaired of life itself. Indeed,
we felt that we had received the sentence of death
so that we would not rely on ourselves
but on God
who raises the dead.” (2 Cor 1:8-11, NRSV)
Compared to the harships that Paul suffered
Our experiences are far fewer and less severe
When we come to the end of our resources
God teaches us deep down that He can be trusted
Suddenly, a sinister shot rang through the somber air,
interrupting the solemn silence
Because one of us strayed off the prescribed area----
When the clarion calls, The Lord descends; the world will be over
A new heaven and a new earth
for this broken world
"Surely, I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus come!
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