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Written by S.C.Mitchell
July 2015

They showed mercy - where no mercy had been shown - for
Jesus taught them - turn the other cheek - pray for the stranger - do
Unto others - however little known - what you would have them do to
You - and let no vengeance cross your heart - but with forgiveness - let
The one who has transgressed - with pardon - go - then you will sow the
Seeds of love - that can - from hatred bloom and grow - and like our Heavenly
Father - who is perfect - we will then - His image and perfection show .

How else will those - with hatred in their hearts - be changed
From evil into good ? - or how will those who only by the ways of
War - be reconciled again - with love - towards his fellow man - in common
Brotherhood ? - and battles and destruction - be a thing of memories past -
To be enacted never more - nor can - nor would .

O LORD - please help us - in Your mercy - to bring peace and
Harmony - by Your love - into this troubled world - where scars have
Blighted vistas - that once were of such radient hues and span - so that
Our eyes may see again with joy - a little bit of Paradise - as Eden - rising
From the ashes - that now mar our view  - and may we see - as now You can -
Each traveller on this path of life - our Fellow Man .


I wrote this poem in commemoration of those killed in the Charleston
massacre... to show that mercy triumphs over justice as was demostrated
by those who had lost loved ones ..by  the hatred that came from one young man .
Although in deep shock and grief the mourners showed clemency , forgiveness
and mercy towards the young man they had embraced , helped and trusted .

How was it they could be so gracious ?

I believe that when you have received God's loving grace and mercy in your
life , then and only then , can you give that to others , with no thought
of revenge or hatred in return .

May the Good Lord be merciful to each of us as we travel this
uncertain path of life .

With His love
Stella ><


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