Sunday, January 17, 2016

Poem of an unknown soldier: My eyes have opened to the Light

The following poem was found on the body of an unknown soldier killed in one of the fiercest battles during World War II.
Listen, God… for never in my life before
Have I spoken with You, but today
I want to greet You. As You know,
From childhood I was always told
That You do not exist…
And I so stupidly believed it.

I never gazed at your creations, but tonight
I looked out from a crater dug by a grenade
At the starry sky above me; and I understood
Quite suddenly, while marveling at the lights,
How cruel a lie can be.

I don’t know, God, if You will stretch Your hand to me?
But I will tell You and You’ll understand –
Is it not marvelous that amid this fiery hell
I’ve suddenly seen the light of knowing You?

That’s all I have to say. Just one more thing…
I’m glad that I have come to know You.
At midnight we are set for an attack,
Yet I’m not scared: You’re looking down upon us.

The signal… Well, I must be off…
How wonderful to talk to You… And I just want to add
That, as You know, the battle will be fierce,
And so perhaps this very night
I will come knocking on Your door.

And though I have not been Your friend before,
Will you allow me to come in?…
But I am crying... O my God… You see,
My eyes have opened to the light.

Farewell, my God… I’m off… and hardly will return.
How strange… but death now holds no fear for me at all.
Poem of a soldier, source
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalm 17:15
And he (one of the malefactors who was hanged on the cross) said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when comest into Thy Kingdom." And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:42-43
Dear friend, come to Jesus! come to Jesus! In Him, there is life, in Him, there is light of hope and in Him, there is eternal life. Today is your day of salvation.


Anonymous said...

I have read this poem introduced in Japanese before. I think it was in the book which Sister Kazuko Watanabe(Japanese Cathoric nun)wrote. This poem seems to tell us what we have to know while we live on earth.The living God and His love and mercy.


Kinuko H said...

Dearest Sanae, yes, you are very right. This poem reminds us of the vital reality of our life, that we are made for Him and love Him!I sent this poem to my father today.

"How dry and hard you are without Jesus! How foolish and vain if you desire anything but Him! Is it not a greater loss than losing the whole world? For what, without Jesus, can the world give you? Life without Him is a relentless hell, but living with Him is a sweet paradise. If Jesus be with you, no enemy can harm you.

"He who finds Jesus finds a rare treasure, indeed, a good above every good, whereas he who loses Him loses more than the whole world. The man who lives without Jesus is the poorest of the poor, whereas no one is so rich as the man who lives in His grace."
from "Imitation of Christ", 2. Chap 8

Unknown said...

Dear Kinuko, thank you for sharing this poem! To me it speaks loudly about having the rsponsibility of teaching my children about GOD and JESUS and the Bible and also of being a testimony to others. In Christ, Sabine

Kinuko H said...

Dear Sister Sabine,
Amen, Amen. I sincerely pray that our dear Lord would mightily use your mouth and life to testify Him and reflect His shining and everlasting glory. May He rescue perishing and suffering souls from the depths through you, my dear sister! I will cheer you up. Kinuko