Thoughts on Brussels…

John Donne

John Donne, 1572-1633

For Whom the Bell Tolls

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were:

any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind,

and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Our thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium.

20 thoughts on “Thoughts on Brussels…

  1. We traveled to Belgium in May and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We flew out of the Brussels airport and ate breakfast at the Starbucks mentioned in the news reports. My prayers go out to all of the families who lost loved ones and the wonderful residents who are just trying to live their lives along with my sincere wish for peace on earth for all of us.

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  2. I too cry for Belgium and all the peoples of the world who are suffering because of this deception. The root of this evil must be cut out. Not the people but the insidious deceptive
    lies of a corrupt system. It is a spiritual battle – a battle waging between one Kingdom and another. John Donne poem has great impact. thank you for the post. In his day he knew what spiritual Kingdom he belonged to.


  3. I have not read John Donne since college… Lori, thank you for reminding me that our struggles today are echoes of those from the times that have come before us. Maybe if we can remember John Donne’s words we can make the future a better place for all.


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