This would be a good Thought For The Day to share how things move from drafts to radio. Below is my original draft. The words in italics were eventually dropped after a discussion with my producer.
Also if you heard it on radio a few details like which Queen this Elizabeth was, where Harold made the comment and who Luka Bloom was related to were dropped. The might be needed or helpful in a blog but you don’t have time in Thought For The Day to be too detailed.
The big one for me was the Biblical paragraph. We Presbyterians are people of the Book and I love under pinning my thoughts with Scripture. This is one of the first I have ever done where I saw the need to drop it. Basically I had done a minister’s hand brake turn where I had jolted the whole thread to stick on a quote. It makes it look contrived. In the end I realised that the thought was a Biblical truth where the actual Bible got quoted or not. I wouldn’t do it overtime but this time it was best for the Thought’s impact.
Something that Rev Harold Good said at a recent event at the 4 Corners Festival has been tugging like a dog at my heal for a couple of weeks now. It was after Philip Orr’s play Stormont House Rules, where two politicians go head to head in debate over the 1912 Ulster Covenant and the 1916 Proclamation Of The Irish Republic. Harold’s insightful comment was that “these stories cannot be reconciled…” before he added… “but we can be reconciled.”
There is a great deal of realism in Harold’s words and some hope too.
As I was pondering them I happened to find myself listening to a song by Kildare songwriter Luka Bloom, brother of Christy Moore. The song was A Seed Is Sown and there it was. Harold’s word’s being worked out in Irish life. Right at the top of British and Irish life actually.
She laid her wreath
With dignity and grace
An eloquent silence
And softness in her face
She lowered her head down
And held the pose
My tears flowed freely
God only knows
She remembered our losses
She remembered her own
And in that moment
A seed was sown
It was Queen Elizabeth II laying her wreath in the Garden Of Remembrance in Dublin in 2011 thus honouring all those who died for Irish freedom. Oh, the stories couldn’t be reconciled… but here was reconciliation in an act of honouring… honouring former enemies.
I was listening to Luka Bloom’s song about Queen Elizabeth’s prophetic act during a reflective Church service where I read from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.
He wrote “All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins”
So far this year I have enjoyed learning about, discussing and debating our 1916 histories. Like Harold Good I don’t be believe that they can be reconciled… but I do believe that we can be reconciled…