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An Ah Ha! Moment About Good Will

(Authors Note: The post “Seeing Hope In Actions” is still being worked on and will be published next week. In the meantime enjoy this brief article originally published November 9th, 2011 about an “Ah Ha! moment I had while decorating.)

November 2011

I was putting out Christmas decorations the other day and found some made for me by a deceased person. I was grumbling because of some questions I have about our relationship and the person’s character.

Then while decorating the cedar chest, I found myself humming:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth good will to men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(1807-1882)

Well Duh!

Then it dawned on me – “good will to men” applies to dead men (and women) as well as the living.

You show good will towards them by honoring their memory, which includes not speaking ill of them.

Your relationship with them might not have been perfect here, but it will be perfect in heaven because –

everything is perfect in heaven.

Weekend Wisdom: Patriotic Poems

In honor of Dad #1 (Navy) and Dad #2 (Army) and all the other veterans – this one’s for you. 

Thank you for your service, and God bless you.

 

I Am Old Glory

I Am Old Glory:   For more than ten score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans.

 
Born amid the first flames of America’s fight for freedom, I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a united nation of fifty sovereign states. 

 
Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions. 

 
Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage.

 
They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity.

 
They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men.

 
So long as men love liberty more than life itself;

 

So long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers;

 

So long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts,

 

I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.

Originally written by Master Sergeant Percy Webb, USMC.

 

The Republic From “The Building Of The Ship”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great!

Humanity with all its fears,

With all the hopes of future years,

Is hanging breathless on the fate!

We know what Master laid the keel,

What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,

Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,

What anvils rang, what hammers beat,

In what forge and what a heat

Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!

Fear not each sudden sound and shock,

‘Tis of the wave and not the rock;

‘Tis but the flapping of the sail,

And not a rent made by the gale!

In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,

In spite of false lights on the shore,

Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!

Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,

Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,

Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,

Are all with thee, – are all with thee!

Thanks to USFlag.org for these poems

Good Will

 I was putting out Christmas decorations the other day and found some made for me by a deceased person. I was grumbling because of some questions I have about our relationship and the person’s character.

Then while decorating the cedar chest, I found myself humming:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth good will to men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(1807-1882)

Well Duh!

Then it dawned on me “good will to men” applies to dead men (and women) as well. 

You show good will towards them by honoring their memory. 

Your relationship with them might not have been perfect here, but it will be perfect in heaven because everything is perfect in heaven.

How will you show good will to both living and dead men every day?

(Author’s note: I was putting out Christmas decorations so I could take some pictures for the “40 Days of Joy” series, which starts 2 weeks from today.)