Monday, May 25, 2009


Photo: Taken locally, this family never forgets.
This family never lets me forget.

next to of course god america i

next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn's early my
country 'tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry by jingo by gee by gosh by gum.
why talk of beauty what could be more beautiful
than these heroic happy dead who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"

He spoke. And rapidly drank a glass of water.

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Let us keep a prayer in our heart and on our lips for our soldiers who are far from home. They protect us with their lives and the lives and futures of their families. Living and dead, they are not all, yet, home. Many soldiers are still fighting our current wars. Many are still missing from our past wars of Korea and Viet Nam.

War is of human consciousness.

War is not of God consciousness.

Please view desheik's War video below.


Mrsupole said...

I do not know if it is of God's Consciousnes, or if it is of human's, I think that it is mostly of Human's. Either way is it sad. The only good war is a no war where no one fights. It would be good where they just play video games, but I doubt that will ever happen. But we can hope and pray for it. Better yet hope and pray that we never have.

God blss.

Brian Miller said...

great post! i'll be back....gotta rush out...

Anna said...

I believe that war is an unfortunate necessity, seated deep in human nature. It has always been, and always will be, a test of love and patience when our warriors leave to risk their lives for something greater than themselves.

Candie Bracci said...

Hello Ronda!Moving post again.i think the same.I'm not for war.

Ronda Laveen said...

Sherry: I love your video game concept of fighting. Maybe the winner can be whoever wins 2 out of 3 matches. I am so glad you are starting to feel well enough to get out again.

Brian: Hi. Ty.

Anna: Very well articulated thoughts. War is very deep seated in human consciousness. For some reason, we can see no other way. I will continue to hold the thought form for peace by living my life in peace. Maybe one-by-one, group-by-group humanity can fall in step and live their lives in peace too. I am very patient.

Miss Candie: I know you will walk along side of me.

Reya Mellicker said...

Mrsupole you speak for me. My mother used to say that the people who decide to go to war should have to fight each other. leave the soldiers out of it.

I have so much to say about our warrior natures, but I worked all day and just don't have the energy at the moment. Soon, though. Thanks for this, sister.

Brian Miller said...

great post. know i already said it but was just as good the second go round. why do men make war? pride? conquest? more toys? to prove something?

thank you to all those that serve, praying for you and the leaders that send you to these places while they sit behind desks. much love.

Megan said...

LOL at the image of a UN-like chamber, each country with their own video-game-playing delegate. Wouldn't that be something!?!

Great post, Ronda!

Ronda Laveen said...

Reya: I look forward to hearing your "warrior nature" comments. I worked today as well. Time for a little rest.

Brian: Yes why? All of the things you listed, I guess. It seems we want to fight to take things from others for ourselves and then fight them to keep them. I second your prayer.

Megan: Now it is my turn to LOL at our newly founded, video-game-oriented UN. I think I could actually be an outstanding delegate if that were the requirement.

Marianna said...

Stop the war!!

Anonymous said...

@Mrsupole-""~~from "War Games", early '80's. Unfortunately the computer takes over! I like Megan's idea!

Ronda, about the last part of the MIAs; I've always said an extra prayer for those that are unfound. Many families will never have true closure.

Ronda Laveen said...

Marianna: Yes, STOP THE WAR(S)!

Subby: Great quote from "War Games." I think those women are onto something with the video games. If we could only get the rest of the world to play along. An interesting concept, "The Joystick War." There are still so many soldiers that have not returned, and you are correct, unclosure. Peace V

Christina said...

I'm all the way with Reya's mom, that's for sure!

Ronda Laveen said...

Christina: Yes, I agree. That is the perfect solution!

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Thank you Ronda for your thoughtful tribute to our soldiers.

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