EASTER AND THE ANZAC ON THE WALL
Easter and Gallipoli
Jim Brown wrote a wonderful poem called “The Anzac on the Wall” (http://iwvpa.net/brownj/the_anzac_s.php) and inspired me to write these verses relating Anzac Day to the Easter Story.
I bought another picture in the Antique shop that day
Behind the books and chairs, with a mirror in the way
A painting of the Christ upon the cross, and on the back
It said that it was painted by a man whose name was Jack
Do you know this name? I asked. The old man answered “No…
Just more unwanted junk from a sale so long ago.”
On the frame was written “To Mum with love”, and more,
It said it was a gift to her before he went to war.
Jack Matthew Thomas Kelly who suffered such great loss
Had painted her this picture of Christ upon the Cross
Perhaps he knew that he would fall, that day at Galipoli,
And wanted to remind his mum Christ died to set us free
On Anzac day Jack fought a fight that he could never win
But Easter tells the Victory of Jesus over sin
On Anzac day the Last Post plays a song “Lest we forget”
At Easter we Remember Jesus dying for our debt
On Anzac day Jack died so our country could be free
At Easter Jesus died to save us all eternally
Anzac day reminds us death is certain, life is brief
On Easter Sunday Christ conquered death and now instead of grief
Jack Kelly’s mum would know of life and peace with God through grace.
When we place our faith in Christ our world becomes a better place.
A photo and the painting Jack’s mum had on the wall
Reminds us of the sacrifice when Christ died for us all
Where Christ cried “It is finished” and a curtain tore asunder
Where hammered nails accompanied the rolling waves of thunder
Where cruel blows crack like 303’s and ricochet again
Where on this hill the gusts of wind sound just like dying men
While on that beach so far from home – so many lives were lost,
Jack’s photo hung upon the wall, with his painting of the Cross.
When some would pass and ponder at the words upon the frame
She’d point towards her photograph of Jack and then explain
He knew the pain of sacrifice – her Anzac on the Wall
But also knew that Peace with God is the greatest gift of all.