Thursday, 5 December 2013
This day we have witnessed a man for all nations,
a man who was human, held fast what is right,
for this he would live with profound resignation,
he shone in the world, don't extinguish that light.
And we who are human stand now in remembrance,
frail shadows of all he has shown we can be.
Standfast in this moment and cherish the values,
for which he once suffered that we might be free.
The man we remember has died, will be [has been] buried,
yet while we seek justice his theme will not fall
His spirit is living, will not be extinguished,
the love he embodied is always for all.
Copyright Andrew Pratt 5/12/013
At the death of Nelson Mandela
Posted by Andrew Pratt at Thursday, December 05, 2013
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
A twisting wind that wreaks such devastation,
a town like matchwood torn and turned around;
an act of God? Or nature's self destruction?
Here people die, trees rooted from the ground.
It seems there is no safety in this carnage.
And where is God when random death walks in
destroying buildings, tossing cars like pennies?
A game where all will lose, and none can win.
Within a school, or with a homeless stranger,
the Christ will suffer in this human loss;
and God will love amid this human grieving,
as once he loved while hanging on a cross.
© Andrew Pratt 21/5/2013
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Posted by ANDREW PRATT at Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
For Holy Innocents: Dedicated to those children and adults killed in the school shooting in Connecticut
We wring our hands in hopelessness
while Herod's spirit roams abroad,
the innocent are slaughtered still
as hatred draws a tighter cord.
We lack audacity to face
corruption in our very midst;
humanity is drawn by greed
and power has the final twist.
God bring again your human love,
an innocent and child-like grace
infusing every heart and mind.
Renew the hope of every race.
The children lying slaughtered, dead,
or those abused through life from birth
are signs of lack of care and love
we so much need through all the earth.
God come again and make us hear,
God fuse our ice-cold hearts of stone
until compassion warms each life
and through us grace and love are shown.
© Andrew Pratt 18/12/2012
Posted by ANDREW PRATT at Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
Once crimson poppies bloomed
out in a foreign field,
each memory reminds
where brutal death was sealed.
The crimson petals flutter down,
still hatred forms a thorny crown.
For in this present time
we wait in vain for peace,
each generation cries,
each longing for release,
while war still plagues the human race
and families seek a hiding place.
How long will human life
suffer for human greed?
How long must race or pride,
wealth, nationhood or creed
be reasons justifying death
to suffocate a nation's breath?
For everyone who dies
we share a quiet grief,
the pain of loss remains,
time rarely brings relief,
and so we will remember them
and heaven sound a loud amen.
© Andrew Pratt 15/10/2012 Pleas include on your CCL return
Tune: LITTLE CORNARD
PLEASE INCLUDE ON YOUR CCL RETURN
Posted by ANDREW PRATT at Friday, October 19, 2012
Monday, 8 October 2012
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
To simply bask in ignorance,
to shy away from facts,
can masquerade as 'simple faith',
or veil our foolish acts;
and then the world will look at us,
a church so old and stale,
no longer worth a second glance,
a church beyond the pale.
While Jesus chose a simple life
his wits were sharply honed,
he turned the tables on the ones
who'd have a woman stoned.
He argued with some learned men
and beat them at their game,
used intellect, intelligence,
to finely tune his aim.
And in the world we know today
we need that self-same will,
to keep abreast of politics,
of science, art and skill;
to use our words in argument,
while not denying facts,
then backing up the things we say
with faithful, loving acts.
© Andrew Pratt 7/8/2012
Tune: BETHLEHEM (also known as CLAUDIUS [Fink]); NOEL (Sullivan)
Metre: CMDHYMNS POSTED ON THIS BLOG MAY BE USED FREELY LOCALLY WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. TO PUBLISH FOR PROFIT PLEASE CONTACT THE AUTHOR. Andrew Pratt lectures at Luther King House, The Partnership for Theological Education, Manchester as a Methodist Tutor at Hartley Victoria College
Posted by ANDREW PRATT at Wednesday, August 08, 2012