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“Peace is the greatest weapon for development, that any people can have.”

April 29, 2014

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development, that any people can have.”

from http://www.mandelamadiba.wordpress.com and http://beyondtharainbow.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/prayer-for-south-africa-and-especially-africa/

 

Table Mountain (new)

 

 

Picture (great) of Table Mountain, Cape Town from Bloubergstrand (with Robben Island offshore) by my old friend John (whose “photographic talents” I definitely do not possess!)

web site http://jetpix.wordpress.com/

Prayer for South Africa (and especially Southern Africa and specifically, Zimbabwe, Darfur in Sudan and Somalia)

December 13, 2013
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Article Title: Prayer for South Africa (and especially Southern Africa and specifically, Zimbabwe, Darfur in Sudan and Somalia)
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category/Subject: South Africa, inspiration, “inspirational writings”, prayer, Nelson Mandela, forgiveness, peace, Craig Lock, social and political issues/problems

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings are at http://www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981 (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)

Publishing Guidelines:
This Prayer was originally written in 1994 (before South Africa’s first “Democratic” election. I have updated it slightly (today – 4am!) and am sharing it with a view to helping create global awareness of the current desperate plight of South Africa’s northern neighbour, Zimbabwe.
This prayer (together with all my articles) may be freely published electronically and in print (and prayed). If these writings make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy in an often very dark world, then I’m very happy.
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PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA (AND ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN AFRICA… AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ZIMBABWE AND DARFUR IN SUDAN
Author’s Note:
This prayer was originally based on the most inspirational ‘Prayer for America’ by Marianne Williamson (www.marianne.com). Incidentally, I received a most appreciative and gracious message from former South African President, Nelson Mandela for sharing these thoughts with him “many many moons back” in 1994 (“names-dropping” again there, craig!). This icon of reconcilation and magnanimity has and will remain a great inspiration to me in my writing… for ‘Madiba’s’ integrity, immense ‘nobility and immense generosity of spirit’.
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“We join in prayer to celebrate this new nation and surrender its destiny to you.
We give thanks in our hearts to the founding of this vibrant nation of diverse peoples,
a beautiful yet tragic land built upon the rivers of blood, that flowed from our forefathers;
yet still flow today…a ‘happy sad’ land of such contrasts.
We give thanks for and bless the souls of those,
who came before us and prepared this nation,
to nurture and to save it;
because so many gave their lives for it,
some selflessly and many needlessly.
We ask that God’s Holy Spirit now fill the hearts of all this great nation’s citizens – with thoughts of goodwill, righteousness, justice, acceptance and respect for others.
In this may we be cleansed of all destructive thoughts. May judgement of others, bigotry, racism and intolerance be washed clean from our hearts,
like the blood of our forefathers.
God, instill in us especially a generous spirit of forgiveness and hope for the future.
May we play our parts, all of us,
in the healing and the furtherance of our diverse country; so that South Africa will one day fulfill its immense potential, a bright promise yet to be fulfilled.
To do the very best within our abilities in developing “The Beloved Country” socially, politically, economically and spiritually…
in a spirit of acceptance, co-operation, reconciliation and peace – each and every one of us.
Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls.
Let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation and peace.
Let our leaders look at the future with a vision:
to see things not as they are, but what they could one day become.
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Dear Almighty God, you are all-powerful and omnipresent. You hold each one of us in the palms of Your mighty hands.
May our minds be filled with the thoughts of You;
Your unconditional love and Your acceptance of all Your people, Your children.
May this nation be forgiven its transgressions against its fellow citizens of all races and creeds and any and all others…
so that we as a nation can move forward in harmony and prosperity.
May our lives be turned to instruments of resurrection and reconciliation,
to reach out and bring all our peoples together,
that the sins of our fathers might be reversed through us, His children.
Let us forgive, even if we can never forget.
May the rich promises of this beautiful country of such contrasts be fulfilled…at long last.
The greatest resource in any nation is its citizens;
so may the beauty and greatness of this rich, diverse and vibrant land burst forth in the hearts of all it’s people.
Out of the mistakes and tragedy of the past,
may the dreams of our forefathers be realised in us;
so that we might live with thoughts of goodwill, honesty, integrity, excellence and peace with our neighbours in a bright new dawn.
May this country become a light at the top of the hill unto all the nations of this world (but especially in the “dark” neglected continent of Africa):
so that our country will be a beacon of goodness, tolerance of differences, freedom, peace and especially hope.
(Because the human condition has far more in common, than our cultural, ethnic and racial differences).
May violence and darkness be cast out of our midst.
May hatred no longer find fertile ground in which to grow here.
May all of us feel God’s, the Ultimate Source of Life’s Immeasurable Mercy, Infinite Grace and Love upon each one of us.
Dear God, please, please ignite in our hearts,
in the depths of our souls the spark of Your light.
Let us pursue the Spirit of Truth.
May our newborn nation be given a new light:
one of justice, rightiousness and peace,
that will be seared into our hearts,
the sacred fire of freedom, democracy, the spirit of reconciliation and Your forgiveness for past transgressions:
So that the flame of ‘ubuntu‘, the generosity of spirit burns brightly in the heart of all New South Africans.
A new light of Love that will shine so brightly right across this vast land as a beacon of hope for the future –
from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean,
from the Limpopo in the north to the Cape of Storms at the southern tip of Africa.
May we be forgiven – each one of us.
May our children be blessed.
May we be renewed.
May each one of us be filled with the spirit of the Almighty, the Divine.
In our lives may the “Rainbow Children of the Beloved Country” manifest the glory of God,
that lies within every one of us.
Dear God, please bless South Africa
Amen”
Craig Lock (1994)
P.S: These days please pray especially for all the citizens of South Africa’s neigbour, the “blighted” Southern African nation of Zimbabwe, as well as the poor persecuted citizens of Darfur in Sudan and in Somalia.
“Lest we forget!”
Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
(January 2007)
“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
– Albert Schweizer
“May you have the courage to speak your truth, may you find peace within, and may we all one sunny day know peace on earth.”
– Debbie Milam
(with a couple of words added by craig)

“Deep within us there is a flame that burns,
and that flame is the spark of God.
In some it burns brightly,
in others it is barely distinguishable;
but always it burns…and with love, tolerance and acceptance of others the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them,
even if they don’t see it themselves.”
anon (and words slightly adapted by craig)
“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.
– craig
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com
http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com + so many others I can’t keep track (obsessive or WHAT!)
“Many small (though significant) steps by many ‘ordinary  (what’s that?) people with eventually reach their destination.”
– craig
“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”
About the submitter:
Craig likes, no loves, to share information and insights to encourage others to be all they are capable of being. He truly believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us. In his various writings he strives, little by little, to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on South Africa) are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

 

In his novels Craig writes about “the beloved” country of South Africa. Anyway, what other job would be suitable for him? Craig Lock’s novel on South Africa ‘Over the Rainbow’ is available at: http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html+www.lulu.com/craiglock

A look at the many colourful peoples, who make up this diverse and vibrant society, as seen through the eyes of a newspaper reporter.
Craig is presently “working on” (it’s not really “work”) his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable will, together with the unquenchable human spirit of some ‘ordinary’ people put in extra-ordinary situations. An unconquerable spirit that lies within each one of us, if “drawn/called upon”, as told against the backdrop of a troubled, yet exciting and vibrant continent.
“Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation and peace. Let our leaders look at the future with a vision – to see things not as they are, but what they could one day become.
– craig
One of his ‘little missions’ is trying to help promote peace in some small way by helping and encouraging others to find inner peace, as peace begins within.
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
Try not to become a man or woman of success, but a person who strives to add value to others lives in some way. That then is true success”

– craig
“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine, that still stirs within each one of us.”
– the words of US President, Barack Obama in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
“TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one life at a time, let’s encourage, impact, uplift and perhaps even inspire the world. YOU be the change you want to see in the world.”
THIS PRAYER MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
(AND PRAYED)
“Blessed are the peace-makers… because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”

To dearest mom, Hazel, your unique and generous spirit lives on…forever

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is (has) not ended.”

October 31, 2013

 

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Picture: Lions Head, Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City of South Africa with Table Bay and Robben Island in the distance (where Nelson Mandela, “a true champion of justice, peace and reconciliation” made huge sacrifices being imprisoned all those long years in his pursuit of his cause, his ideals, his dream for a “unified Beloved Country”)

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is (has) not ended.”
― Nelson Mandela

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from  http://longroadtopeace.wordpress.com/

“A Negotiated Revolution”: A Lesson , a Possible “Model” for Egypt…and the World

August 16, 2013
 “A Negotiated Revolution”: A Lesson , a Possible “Model” for Egypt…and the World

Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

January 22, 2013

South Africa, the “Beloved Country” – a long and tortuous journey of a “negotiated revolution”…and a model of reconciliation to the world

Article Title: Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, New Book(s), Craig Lock, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace, Pursuit of peace (enough there now)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock

The submitter’s blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

Other articles are available at:
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines: All my writings may be freely published.
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SHARING A FEW THOUGHTS (THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A NEW “WORK”)
SEE A NEW “WORK” TAKE SHAPE AND FORM

These are some notes that I’ve made recently (from my “red book”), which is forming the basis, the frame-work, the building-blocks for a new manuscript I’m writing. So will share with you and post extracts (hopefully regularly) on my blog as I write it. Hopefully I’ll continue getting my “daily dose of inspiration”.
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“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”
– Franklin Roosevelt

“We can all be great; because we can all serve (others in some way).”
– Mother Teresa

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”
– Friedrich Schiller, German writer and philosopher

“Try not to become a man (person) of success, but one of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“Those who stand up for justice will always be on the right side of history.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

(Heed those words, President al Assad of Syria!)

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong –oops!)

“We are committed to the positive values found in sport:
Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

The strength of spirit in the human heart. The love of God made manifest.
God’s greatest gift to us is to find our own truths.
Everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God’s ultimate nature.

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My Thoughts on Writing
I write about the ‘essence of humanity’. I want to impel some kind of action in readers, like breaking down barriers in some small way. Religion divides; but truth unites (unity in truth). The way we live is more important than what we believe. We are all connected by the common bond of our shared humanity.
I try to show the extra-ordinary in ’ordinary’ (what’s that?) lives, as revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very hard; yet of so satisfying journey that is called life.

“I was like floating on a cloud of infinite possibilities.”
(that’s a simile, btw!)

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MY NEW BOOK

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

Dedication:
“I love you in the very special way that I’ve written about in these pages.”

“To all of us who believe love rules,
stand up and let it shine.”

A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths.
Hope for a new beginning – one not divided by the past but with hope for the future.
In a phrase, A NEW HEART.
Khatib is the Arab word (name) for writer

Themes of:
* building bridges of reconciliation (“threads of hope”)
* Truth overcomes power
* forgiveness: Forgiveness for the past, strength for today and hope for the future.
* the strength of spirit in the human heart

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us;
but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”
“Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”
– craig

* the redemptive power of love
* Hope is irresistable. Plant seeds of hope: From seeds of hope to endless possibilities, far and grand horizons.”
“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many hearts can be transformed from hatred into love… with God’s help
(as only God can do that, but each one of us can be a channel for God’s love).
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Let your spirit shine through these words.
Embrace the Light (Infinite ) and shine Your bright light on humanity

“Many small (yet significant) steps by many ‘little people with big hearts’ * will eventually reach their destination, their destiny.

“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
However, it is a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.

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About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and ‘principles’ to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy. www.craiglockbooks.comhttp://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

(Come on now, craig. Show some faith!)

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com

THIS EXTRACT MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
PPS
“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our goals.”
– Barack Obama (in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

The Politics of Love (from a book ‘The Passing Summer’ by Michael Cassidy)

May 6, 2013

 

rainbowroadArticle Title: The Politics of Love (from a book ‘The Passing Summer’ by Michael Cassidy)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Key words (tags): Books, ‘The Passing Summer’ , Michael Cassidy, South Africa, Transformation, Negotiation, Love, Hope, Dreams,
Peace, Inspiration, Pursuit of Peace, Good Books, Politics, Political Negotiations (enough there now)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lockhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/

http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/

www.breakdownbarriers.wordpress.com

http://drmartinlutherking.wordpress.com/

www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

www.religiousunity.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/. Obsessive or WHAT!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka


Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines:

These writings (as with all my articles) may be freely published electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to Michael Cassidy, please).

Introduction:
Craig is currently researching and writing his latest novel based on fact, set in the the “beloved country” of South Africa: To try to make some difference in building bridges in an ever more dangerous and volatile world. And as he learns from his research, is sharing this extract from a chapter of Michael Cassidy’s excellent book ‘THE PASSING SUMMER’ (originally published in the darkest days of 1989). Though “rather religious” from my perspective, I believe Michael Cassidy makes some excellent points and his book written many years ago in the darkest days of repression has a vitally important message for today’s turbulent world.

A South African pilgrimage in the politics of love.
(Published by Hodder and Stoughton, 1989)

by Michael Cassidy*

* Michael Cassidy is the author of ‘Burning the Wineskins’, ‘Chasing the Wind’ and ‘A Witness Forever’. He is the founder of African Enterprise, a continent wide evangelic association.

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“A man has not started living, until he can embrace the concerns of all humanity.”
– Booker T Washington (or was it Dr Albert Schweizer??)

WINNING IN THE WORLD’S WORKSHOP

Try to ‘THINK SOLUTIONS’ for the problems of this world.

South Africa is the one nation in the world, which approximately reflects the racial composition on planet earth (as well as being a country with a mix of Jews, Christians and Moslems living harmoniously). As such, it’s a microcosm of the world in terms of its population demographics..and as a result it’s the “workshop of the world”.
This is a debate about the future of our life together on this small earth – about relations between rich and poor, between races and ideologies. Indeed about the meaning of freedom,
peace and justice in a deeply disordered world. I’m talking here about ALL of us and ALL of our lives.

Let’s see the ‘politics of love’ prevail in this ‘workshop of the world.’

THE POLITICS OF LOVE MEANS DEALING WITH ONE’S OWN HEART

The answer for South Africa (and the world) lies in the POLITICS OF LOVE. However the first step is a difficult one. It involves dealing with ones own heart. This is where the primary battlefield lies…and where we will reap the bitter fruit in full measure.

However, if love and forgiveness conquer in individual hearts, then love and forgiveness will conquer the country. If largeness of heart can vanquish shrunken narrowness of mind and spirit in you and me as individuals, if love can banish fear, if hope can overwhelm despair, if the positive can swamp the negative, then the nation can be born again.

But it has to start in the individual human heart. That is the battleground. If enough people win there, the nation wins. And if enough lose there, not only does the nation lose, but the nation is lost.

With a spirit of love, the highway then opens up to the politics of love.
“You may hate the sin, but never the sinner.”
Profess love for humanity. Love simply means desiring the highest and the best for the other person, respecting his dignity and viewing him with compassion and
forgiveness. Conquer anything with God’s infinite Grace.

If I don’t let it start in my own mind, I cannot let it start at all.

As Alan Paton once said,’ This is a country where you hope on Monday and despair on Tuesday.’ Where in the world is there such a positive challenge for young people as here?

May South Africa emerge finally under God as a nation which will not only bless the continent of Africa, but the whole world!

“For with me all things are possible.”

BELIEVE it and work hard for it.
(Matt 19:26
Mark 9:23, 10:27
Luke 18:27 )

Different perceptions lead to different solutions and it’s up to us to ‘dream the impossible dream’.

We are made or unmade by how we think. So programme our individual souls and thence the national soul with positive thoughts (“be transformed by the renewing of your mind” – Romans 12:2).

God is love, and on God’s self-giving rests the only ultimate hope of humanity. Let the spirit of love begin to take hold on the national soul, so that groups of people (different races, ethnicities) begin to think of the other before themselves and fully embrace virtue of love: to ‘do unto others what you would have them do unto you.’ (Matthew 7:12)

Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture (Ps 37:3)

Work hard doing one’s very best

then

LET GO, LET GOD, LET GOOD.
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Now onto the controversial concept (in Jesus’s time and today) of

ENEMY LOVE:

Abraham Lincoln: “The only way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.”

When Christ said: “Forgive your enemies”, it is not only for the sake of the enemy, but for one’s own sake, ‘ because love is more beautiful than hate’. Hatred, like rust, eats into the soul of the individual and then an entire nation.
Jomo Kenyatta at Kenya’s independence said: “Unless we build our nation on forgiveness, we will lose the day.”

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:43-45).

“Do not be overcome with evil; but overcome evil with good.”
(Rom 12: 14-21)

Enemy love needs to become part of a new vision, a new style of thinking and part of a moral ‘about face’, which so many of the world’s societies desperately need.

It worked for Gandhi in India, Martin Luther King in America, between black and white in South Africa!

Enemy love and the ‘politics of forgiveness’ will attempt its utmost to see the plight and real humanity of the enemy. Not “our cause is noble and theirs is evil.”

Enemy love and the politics of forgiveness require us to hate conditions, situations and policies; not individuals, who are never as evil as the social and political situations in which they are involved, and which they symbolise.

Forgiveness implies a willingness to seek to reshape the future in the light of the wrong, in the most creative way possible.

As Martin Luther King said at the height of the Civil Rights struggle:
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies…
Forgiveness is not just an occasional act; it is a permanent
attitude.”

Each ONE of us can be a facilitator and mediator in this process.

William Wilberforce believed that submission to Christ was a man’s most important political, as well as religious decision. Define one’s political ideals in terms of freedom and equality…the highest good.
Mutual care, concern, unselfishness, conscience, worth, political vigilence and insight all form part of the ‘politics of love’.

My prayer is that all leaders of the world may find ‘the mind of Christ‘. If all converged on that ‘mind’, all the problems of the world would be solved.

The politics of love means working for structural reconciliation.
On this path lies the answer for South Africa. Inspire the planet with a new vision of hope. The golden rule is what life is all about. Jesus meant love to be the way in every area of life, including the political, because it is the BEST way….and the only way which works ALL of the time.

For these principles to work, it requires every person of good will, from the lowest to the highest to say: “I want to be part of the solution. What the ‘ordinary’ person does is critical here. For change will assuredly come from the grassroots of society… when enough people really want it and are prepared to be part of the process and press their leaders to bring in a new day. As Martin Luther King said:

“When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men seek to perpetrate an unjust ‘status quo’, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”

Coretta Scott King: The Words of Martin Luther King (London Collins Found, 1985 – Pg 51)

South Africa can and WILL encourage, inspire and bless the world.

We are to make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.”
– Isiah 40:3

My prayer is that all leaders of the world may find ‘the mind of Christ’. If all converged on that ‘mind’, all the problems of the world would be solved.

Nothing is impossible and absolutely anything is possible with God.

Dream the impossible dream (see the end).

Michael Cassidy (from ‘The Passing Summer’, written in the darkest days of 1989)

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South African rainbow (from http://www.flick.com)

 

 

About the author:
* Michael Cassidy is the author of ‘Burning the Wineskins’, ‘Chasing the Wind’ and ‘A Witness Forever’. He is the founder of African Enterprise, a continent wide evangelic association.

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Submitted and shared by craig (Eagle Productions NZ)

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For my good friends Don and Lynda, who gave me Michael’s great book

 

 

 

 

“Let’s see things not as they are…
but what they can one day be.”

“When people’s hearts are filled with love, the world is full of hope
– craig

These writings may be freely published electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to Michael Cassidy, please).
PPS

To end off, lets reflect on the words of a leader who stood steadfastly for the values and for the causes of justice and freedom for all…

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

“Together, one mind, one heart at a time, let’s march into a bright new tomorrow.”

About the Submitter

In his various writings Craig attempts in some small way to advance the cause (at least the pursuit) of peace. He is currently “working” on his latest manuscript – a “novel”, yet a true story of transformation … from hatred to love in the cauldron of the Middle East titled ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘A New Dawn’) are available at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4   www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and  http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/

http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/

www.breakdownbarriers.wordpress.com

http://drmartinlutherking.wordpress.com/

www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

www.religiousunity.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/. Obsessive or WHAT!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka


“Together, one mind, one heart at a time, let’s march into a bright new tomorrow.”

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”

– craig

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The “Power of Words” (by Nelson Mandela) at Times Square

April 30, 2013

Published on Apr 17, 2013
Montblanc presents the “Power of Words” video project as part of the “Midnight Moment” in Times Square, capturing the powerful words of Nelson Mandela.

The video installation, created especially for the Times Square screens, has been showing nightly through the month of April 2013 from 11:57 pm — midnight as part of the “Midnight Moment”.

The words of Nelson Mandela—made up of text edited from numerous speeches—collide, float, pour, and burst onto Times Square’s screens through a dramatic, cosmic blue background in the collaborative work created by Nabil Elderkin, Andrew van der Westhuyzen, and Gregory Stern.

For Montblanc, its more than just an exciting piece of modern contemporary art, it honours the power of the written word and is a tribute to remarkable, outstanding people like Nelson Mandela. As part of the international Montblanc “Signature for Good” cooperation with UNICEF, this new and exciting initiative will help to raise awareness and create a better understanding about the importance of quality education for children around the world.

Nelson Mandela’s words light up New York’s Times Square

April 30, 2013

MadibaNelson Mandela’s words light up New York’s Times Square

A film installation celebrating the words of Mandela is taking over the electronic billboards in the square for a few minutes every night until May.

Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

January 22, 2013

South Africa, the “Beloved Country” – a long and tortuous journey of a “negotiated revolution”…and a model of reconciliation to the world

Article Title: Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, New Book(s), Craig Lock, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace, Pursuit of peace (enough there now)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock

The submitter’s blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

Other articles are available at:
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)


Publishing Guidelines: All my writings may be freely published.
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SHARING A FEW THOUGHTS (THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A NEW “WORK”)
SEE A NEW “WORK” TAKE SHAPE AND FORM

These are some notes that I’ve made recently (from my “red book”), which is forming the basis, the frame-work, the building-blocks for a new manuscript I’m writing. So will share with you and post extracts (hopefully regularly) on my blog as I write it. Hopefully I’ll continue getting my “daily dose of inspiration”.
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“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”
– Franklin Roosevelt

“We can all be great; because we can all serve (others in some way).”
– Mother Teresa

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”
– Friedrich Schiller, German writer and philosopher

“Try not to become a man (person) of success, but one of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“Those who stand up for justice will always be on the right side of history.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

(Heed those words, President al Assad of Syria!)

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong –oops!)

“We are committed to the positive values found in sport:
Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

The strength of spirit in the human heart. The love of God made manifest.
God’s greatest gift to us is to find our own truths.
Everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God’s ultimate nature.

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My Thoughts on Writing
I write about the ‘essence of humanity’. I want to impel some kind of action in readers, like breaking down barriers in some small way. Religion divides; but truth unites (unity in truth). The way we live is more important than what we believe. We are all connected by the common bond of our shared humanity.
I try to show the extra-ordinary in ’ordinary’ (what’s that?) lives, as revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very hard; yet of so satisfying journey that is called life.

“I was like floating on a cloud of infinite possibilities.”
(that’s a simile, btw!)

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MY NEW BOOK

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

Dedication:
“I love you in the very special way that I’ve written about in these pages.”

“To all of us who believe love rules,
stand up and let it shine.”

A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths.
Hope for a new beginning – one not divided by the past but with hope for the future.
In a phrase, A NEW HEART.
Khatib is the Arab word (name) for writer

Themes of:
* building bridges of reconciliation (“threads of hope”)
* Truth overcomes power
* forgiveness: Forgiveness for the past, strength for today and hope for the future.
* the strength of spirit in the human heart

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us;
but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”
“Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”
– craig

* the redemptive power of love
* Hope is irresistable. Plant seeds of hope: From seeds of hope to endless possibilities, far and grand horizons.”
“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many hearts can be transformed from hatred into love… with God’s help
(as only God can do that, but each one of us can be a channel for God’s love).
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Let your spirit shine through these words.
Embrace the Light (Infinite ) and shine Your bright light on humanity

“Many small (yet significant) steps by many ‘little people with big hearts’ * will eventually reach their destination, their destiny.

“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
However, it is a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.

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About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and ‘principles’ to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.
www.craiglockbooks.com
http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

(Come on now, craig. Show some faith!)

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com

THIS EXTRACT MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
PPS
“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our goals.”
– Barack Obama (in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

THE SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM : LONG WALK TO FREEDOM AND PEACE: THE “BRIDGE-BUILDER, THE RECONCILIATOR, THE DREAMER”

January 6, 2013

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM :
LONG WALK TO FREEDOM AND PEACE: THE “BRIDGE-BUILDER, THE RECONCILIATOR, THE DREAMER”

Tags (key words): South Africa, dream, dreams, my young dream, ‘Long Walk to Freedom and Peace‘, Craig Lock, hope, New books, soccer,
Web sites: https://sawriter.wordpress.com and http://longwalktopeace.wordpress.com/

Here is a short extract from ‘Long Walk to Freedom and Peace‘ that craig is currently writing (or perhaps “it’s writing itself”)…

I don’t know how the story will end…

But I do know how it all began…

For Lynda and Sharon in “Joey’s”, and Steve, Glenda, Paula , Dylan and Graham in the beautiful mother city of Cape Town. Also to dearest mom and dad. Thanks for all the support, encouragement and most of all, love.
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PROLOGUE

THE DREAM
It was a cold dreary mid-winter evening in 1975, a year before the Soweto riots that started a great upheaval in the “beloved” country.

The young man was very excited as he caught the bus to the soccer ground in Observatory to see a historic football match between the Greek-based side Hellenic (from the other side of the beautiful mother city) and the black team from Soweto outside Johannesburg (Egoli, the city of gold). Watching his team Cape Town City play at Hartleyvale was his usual Friday night entertainment during the long rainy winter at the Southern tip of the vast “dark” continent.

Even though it was a friendly soccer match , this was to be the first time a black team had played against a white team in the racially divided and rigidly repressed country. The game went off without incident; in spite of prior apprehension by many and was played in a great spirit. The young man marvelled at the exceptional ball skills displayed by the black players, their creativity, flair and finesse; but he also greatly valued the discipline in defence, self control and the stategic and tactical ‘nous’ of the white players in the opposing teams. It was a great contrast in styles, yet both added greatly to the spectacle through different and yet diverse sets of skills. It was as if the whole was greater than the whole.

Though relaxed, that night the blonde-haired man had difficulty getting to sleep … as the thoughts kept swirling around in his head. It hadn’t mattered who had won the game (though he thinks it may have been a draw). And these thoughts began to germinate in the days following. He always expressed himself far better in writing than the spoken word, so the next day he “penned” a letter to his beautiful girlfriend with the jet-black hair, Lynda … in which he shared a vision of the future…of what his “beloved” country could perhaps one day become through encompassing the best of both white and black cultures.
Sport for unity… as a tool in advancement for equality and freedom.

And a celebration of diversity… two worlds in one country…and one at peace with itself…at long last!

That was the young man’s dream in the dark days of the year nineteen seventy five

And that night as he lay in bed, “young whitey” recalled the words of former US senator, Robert Kennedy who had visited South Africa about eight years earlier:
“ Look at things not as they are, but what can they can perhaps one day become”
Then he fell into a deep sleep, peacefully, blissfully…
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“Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)

“In the midst of darkness, light exists”
from https://sawriter.wordpress.com and http://longwalktopeace.wordpress.com/

PPS
My vision is of a free democratic South Africa… at long last. Then the country will fulfil its great potential, internally and internationally, as well as in Africa
Never ever give up on your dreams. Sometimes they and fairy-tales DO come true!

that last vision was written in the very dark days of June in the year 1989

Author’s Bio:

In his various writings Craig strives in some small way to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers through “planting, then sowing ideas as ‘seeds of hope'”. He believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us.

Craig’s novels on South Africa that he “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

Craig’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at https://sawriter.wordpress.com http://longroadtopeace.wordpress.com and
http://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/

Also

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you’re in a room as big as the world.”

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb

“A good book should take you from your everyday life to another place entirely.”

THIS EXTRACT MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED