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Recent events and scandal may dent our celebration of National Day as our nation turns 58. People will always be imperfect, including those serving in public office. Yet, there is so much to be thankful to God for what Singapore is has become as a young nation. This is a poem I first wrote a few years ago. Still rings true.

Safety No need to glance back Sauntering with friends Laugh, love, chat Even when the sun has long set Beauty Tress and shade Blooming bougainvillea Easing the eyes Coloring the journey Efficiency This city works This city works Decisions made Carried out. Integrity A word is a word The agenda is as written No hidden ones in hearts Equality You can if you can Ideas valued for what they are Not for where they come from Order The voice of the community Guided by agreed principles Not arbitrary wishes of the few Stability That we may plan Way ahead For our children And our children’s children Freedom To worship To creed To admire To disagree I am thankful for Singapore.

A National Day Collect (from Diocese of Singapore)

Almighty God

who desires all to be saved

and come to the knowledge of Your truth,

grant our rulers wisdom, a heart of compassion and

a desire for righteousness and justice.

Help us to submit in all goodness to our leaders

and pray regularly for them

that we may live quiet and peaceful lives

in all godliness and holiness

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. - 1 Timothy 2:1,2


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