To Live On in the Life of Others

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For Memorial Day 2018~

~standing in gratitude and reverence for the few
who suffered great loneliness and loss
to secure the future and well-being of many,
including the unknown generations to come
who must live in a way that gives those sacrifices
the honor they deserve~

 

 

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In great deeds, something abides. 
On great fields, something stays. 
Forms change and pass; 
bodies disappear; 
but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. 
And reverent men and women from afar, 
and generations that know us not and that we know not of, 
heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, 
shall come to this deathless field, 
to ponder and dream; 
and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, 
and the power of the vision pass into their souls. 
This is the great reward of service. 
To live, far out and on, in the life of others;
this is the mystery of the Christ,

–to give life’s best for such high sake
that it shall be found again unto life eternal.

~Major-General Joshua Chamberlain at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 1889

 

 

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I hear the mountain birds
The sound of rivers singing
A song I’ve often heard
It flows through me now
So clear and so loud
I stand where I am
And forever I’m dreaming of home
I feel so alone, I’m dreaming of home

It’s carried in the air
The breeze of early morning
I see the land so fair
My heart opens wide
There’s sadness inside
I stand where I am
And forever I’m dreaming of home
I feel so alone, I’m dreaming of home

This is no foreign sky
I see no foreign light
But far away am I
From some peaceful land
I’m longing to stand
A hand in my hand
…forever I’m dreaming of home
I feel so alone, I’m dreaming of home
~Lori Barth and Philippe Rombi “I’m Dreaming of Home”

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “To Live On in the Life of Others

  1. Thank you, Emily. Your words need to be said – and remembered – for all time, by all who honor the sacrifices made, the precious lives expended, the innocent lives in many countries that were spared to allow their people to live in freedom — all paid for at an immeasurable cost in human life and devastation. Those who responded to the call, on the home front and in the worldwide arenas of war, to defend the innocent, to right wrongs, end incredible human suffering, and to save human lives did so through their belief that their courageous decisions were being made through an innate belief that it was the moral and just thing to do.

    (For our nation’s illicit, immoral foreign policy that drives today’s present wars for other than just, humane reasons, we must leave it to our omniscient righteous God to judge. That does not alter one iota the honor, respect and prayer due to those individuals in our armed services and non-combatant citizens who respond to the clarion call to freedom for all by trying to end injustices and human suffering wherever it occurs.)

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