Foregiveness

In Vietnam, we saw some things which haunt us to this day.kjwer.jpg
In Vietnam, we did some things which in our memory stay.
We were at war, and in a war, some dreadful things occur.
As time goes on, and we live on, our hearts by guilt may stir.
Thank God, there's a God who still lives.
Thank God, He's a God who forgives.
And now, My Friend, if you are one who has a troubled heart,
There is a way that you can find to make that guilt depart.
It will not help to flog yourself, your guilt will still be there.
You cannot change the past, My Friend, but God can hear your prayer.
Thank God, there's a God who still lives.
Thank God, He's a God who forgives.
It doesn't matter what you've done, God can forgive you too,
'Cos Jesus took your punishment by suffering for you.
So turn to Him and speak to Him. He will not turn you down.
He's waiting now for you, My Friend, to take away your frown.
Thank God, there's a God who still lives.
Thank God, He's a God who forgives.

STEWART LAW

THE WALL - AN AUSTRALIAN VIEW
(written after a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.)

From the wide brown land beneath the Southern Crosslkwer.jpg
Our journey ended in this sacred place;
A symbol of a generation's loss
Where the living and the dead come face to face.

The men whose names are written on the Wall
Show the true cost of war's great tragedy;
Though strangers to me, yet I know them all
Each one my brother, each one could be me.

Reflections look out from the Wall of stone
Creating images in each man's mind;
The face he recognizes as his own
Surrounded by the friends he left behind.

Look deeply into this black granite Wall
And you will find a mirror to your soul.

Lachlan Irvine