‘King Alfred’s War Song’ (Do Not Despair!)

I’m hearing a lot of despair out there. It’s not hard to understand why people should be feeling that there’s no hope left, America’s goose is cooked, etc.

Back in the 800s, the isle of Britain was invaded by pagan Danes in vast numbers. King Alfred was driven off his throne, had to go into hiding in the swamps. Where was hope then?

Well, that’s when he wrote this “war song,” which is actually a hymn. These past few days, I’ve had the chorus in my head: “For the Lord is our defense, Jesus defend us.”

Alfred put his trust in the Lord, and the Lord overcame his enemies. Alfred came out of the swamps and fought, and the Lord fought for him.

The Lord has not changed since Alfred’s time; nor has He decided that the wicked shall inherit the earth.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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