The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

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Strike Action.

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When workers have a dispute with their employers and negotiations fail, the only action left is a withdrawal of their labour, or as it is usually called, to take strike action. In 1926 the country ground to a halt when unions called a general strike over wage reductions and general conditions. Then in 1984 Mrs Thatcher tried to resist the unions, leading to the Miners’ strike and bitter conflict between miners and the police. Then the country again ground to a halt and we all suffered from power cuts. But what would happen if God went on strike?

How good it is that God above has never gone on strike
Because he was not treated fair, in things He didn’t like
If only once He’d sat down and said, “That’s it, I’m through”
I’ve had enough of those on earth, so this is what I’ll do
I’ll give my orders to the sun “Cut off the heat supply;”
And to the moon, “Give no more light, and run the oceans dry”
Then just to make things really tough and put the pressure on
“Turn off the vital oxygen, till every breath is gone”

You know He would be justified, if fairness was the game
For no-one has been more abused, or met with such distain
Than God and yet He carries on, supplying you and me
With all the favours of His grace and everything for free!
Men say they want a better deal and so on strike they go;
But what a deal we’ve given God, to whom all things we owe
We don’t care who we hurt or harm to gain the things we like
But – What a mess we’d all be in if God should go on strike

Every time I pass a church, I pay a little visit. So when at last I’m carried in, the Lord won’t say: “Who is it?”

Published Fri 14th Feb 2014 13:10:58

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