Sorrow for All

A world made for peace
Accursed by the pride of men
Sacrificed in greed
And the tears of our children
Foreshadow sorrow for all

written in response to this Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #31 – ‘peace’ and ‘tear’

Futurama Wisdom from Philip J. Fry

When you do things right
Grace makes love seem effortless
People won’t be sure
You’ve done anything at all-
Second nature takes first place

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, drawing inspiration from the ‘Godfellas’ episode of Futurama

“You can’t lose hope when it’s hopeless. You gotta hope more, then put your fingers in your ears and go, “Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!… “
– Philip J. Fry

Courage for Compassion

Pause to consider
Our moral obligations:
The greater the wealth,
Great responsibility –
Find courage for compassion

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
― Mark Twain

Fear Trumps Compassion

Hearts and minds grow cold –
Unrighteous controversy;
Fear trumps compassion,
Hearts and minds close rebel ranks,
Rejecting the call to serve.

God’s commands are clear:
Love the Lord, reject idols;
Humbly serve others in love;
Speak truth, and honour Jesus –
Behold, His Kingdom is near.

written in response to the prompt at The Daily Post – “controversy”

Be Aware and Beware

Be aware, brothers and sisters,
Be aware.

Be aware of the hungry:
Give them something to eat;
Be aware of the thirsty:
Give the something to drink:
Be aware of those in prison:
Visit, and share with them;
Be aware of the stranger:
Invite them into your home;
Clothe the needy, care for the ill,
Look after orphans and widows in their distress;
Keep yourselves from being polluted by the world.

For “Truly I tell you,
Whatever you did for one of the least of these
Brothers and sisters of mine,
You did for me”

Be aware, brothers and sisters,
And beware.

written in response to the state of our world, prompted by today’s Daily Post; and inspired by Matthew 25:31-46 and James 1:19-27

Faith Unlocked’s Friday Haiku – inspired by @TearfundLife #showthelove

I lift up my eyes
Searching where my help comes from?
It comes from the Lord

from Psalm 21

inspired by this article on Tearfund Lifestyle: How do you survive when you see injustice every day?

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Exodus 22:21-24

‘Do not ill-treat or oppress a foreigner,
for you were foreigners in Egypt.
‘Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.
If you do and they cry out to me,
I will certainly hear their cry.
My anger will be aroused,
and I will kill you with the sword;
your wives will become widows
and your children fatherless.’

– Exodus 22:21-24

BBC News: Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

‘Asylum claims from people who have converted to Christianity are being rejected because officials are testing them on Bible trivia.
A report says the Home Office is ignoring its own guidelines on how to assess cases, meaning that genuinely persecuted Christians are being let down.’
(Dominic Casciani reports)

#FF @compassionuk ‘Follow Friday’ Haiku – Hope for the Children #compassion #sponsorachild

Hope for street children –
Benefactor sponsorship
Compassionate love

by @faithunlocked

dedicated to @compassionuk