Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hope in Times of Need

Apartheid in South Africa - History, Important Facts, and Summary
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Hope in times of need

The Lord is good, 

a strong refuge in times of trouble.

He cares for those who hope in him.


From Nahum 1:7

O Lord, open my eyes
that I may see the need of others,
open my ears that I may hear their cries,
open my heart so that they need not be without succour.

Let me not be afraid to defend the weak
because of the anger of the strong,
nor afraid to defend the poor
because of the anger of the rich.

Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use me to bring them to these places.
Open my eyes and ears that I may, this coming day,

be able to do some work of peace for thee.
©Alan Paton

Alan Paton probably is unknown to many of my generation, but we all should read and appreciate his work. 

"Perhaps the more known is Cry, My beloved Country, which has been recognized as "...American publisher Bennett Cerf remarked at that year's meeting of the American Booksellers Association that there had been "only three novels published since the first of the year that were worth reading… Cry, The Beloved Country, The Ides of March, and The Naked and the Dead."[2] "

Paton was from South Africa and fought apartheid in ways that are impossible to put here in words. But, this quote from Cry, My Beloved Country, might say more:


Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.











A brave man in a country that feared him, he carried a banner of hope for the people who desperately needed hope.

This version of Cry Freedom was mid-1980s, with Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline. It is an excellent movie. If possible, watch it. 

19 comments:

  1. It saddens me that we are still having this battle. That prayer should be the cry of every one of us.

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    1. Seeing all the craziness here in our country, I believed this should have its time in the blogging world.

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  2. I've never read the book or seen the movie. I really should do both.

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    1. The book is intense. The movie is intense. Everything in South Africa is intense. It is impossible to imagine life existing is such evil.

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  3. I remember when the manufacturing company I worked for was preparing to vote on Apartheid, because we had facilities in South Africa. No one knew what it was, or even cared. I decided to learn all I could about it, and went around convincing people to vote against it. Several people thanked me once they learned what it was all about. It only takes a few willing to spread the word, to help turn an entire company around.

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    1. You made a difference that will have long lasting results.

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  4. I have not read Patton but I really should. I should at least see the film version of Cry Freedom.i understand that there are other worthwhile films based upon his works. Patton was A person whose life is also worth knowing about.

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    1. Another movie "The Power of One"
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Power_of_One_(film)

      An excellent movie.

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  5. I visited South Africa at a time whem apartheid seemed to be in its final stages. My conclusion - the original sin is that of the white europeans coming to live in a continent which was not given to them by God. It was given to the black people. So,there can be no real reconciliation between the black owners of the land and those who saw it as their colony.

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    1. Oh yes. You nailed it. European colonization of Africa is a crime against an entire race. Taking over and enslaving, destroying cultures. The stripping of natural resources...I could get worked up here.

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  6. I have seen the film and it's excellent. I must watch it again!

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  7. That is such a beautiful prayer for all time, but especially now.

    I may have seen that movie, especially since Denzel Washington was in it. I will look to see if it is being streamed on one of the services that I have.

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  8. Denzel W. is one of the most elegant actors seen in this era.

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  9. Heard of it but never read it. It's time has come again.

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  10. I've neither read the book or seen the movie. I should probably do something about that.

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    1. Oh wait, yes I have! That's the one about Steve Biko. Sad but good.

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  11. The kind of hurt that makes one want to SCREAM, "JUST STOP IT!" BUT RINGS HOLLOW. I cannot imagine the fight of some to TRY to make it RIGHT!
    We all must do what we can.... Even a little helps a little.
    (doesn't it?????)
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Teaching our descendants about the history that led to these moments is prime on my list. I fear that our kids and gr-kids are becoming ignorant of history.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!