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Astell Collins

The pledge for men

I pledge myself to do my best
And my faith in God gives me rest
I see the need to be responsible
Committing to goals and never fickle
Called of God, the foundation for my family
Providing their needs is my ministry
I serve as a son, function as a father
Never blaming, ever becoming
And fulfilling the mandate thereafter
A believing man, a son of God, entrusted with divinity
To love, to serve and in harmony with CHRIST identity
I am in this world as an agent of change
Let thy Kingdom come and our minds be rearranged

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The garment of Africa

We are all fibres making up the fabric of humanity
And only in our unity can we see the garment of destiny
We must remember that we are all inextricably connected
An issue affecting one affects us all unrelated

Some South Africans camouflaged their cultural identity
In an attempt to preserve their economical security
It is time children of this great land
To answer the call and form an unbreakable band

We are one people, in one nation, with one destiny
Aspiring to restore the mother-land to her former glory
Moreover, as children of light
Our responsibility is to brighten our corner with delight

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Will you trust me?

There will be times when I would allow trials to come your way
Will you trust me knowing it’s for your good and not for dismay?
And when I let pain remain a little longer
Will you trust me or would you allow your faith to weaver?
If I didn’t deliver you on the time you had in mind
Will you trust me or will you begin to believe that I’m unkind?
Considering if I let you go hungry
Will you trust me or think that I am angry
What if you get lost and don’t hear me answer when you call
Will you trust me or would be too distracted to seek me at all
Suppose I allowed you to get deep in sin
Will you trust me or will you be too upset to let the revival begin
I love you and have died to ensure your delivery
So never doubt my methods but always trust me

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Who will care for the people?

Who will care for the people; lost, confused and can’t find their home
Who will care for the people; raped, striped and left without anything of their own
Who will care for the people; who once had land, cattle and a harvest to reap?
Who will care for the people; who now possess despair and fear that denies them sleep?
Who will care for the people; that served only kindness but were fed a platter of pain?
Who will care for the people; who have been inflicted with cruelty again and again?
Who will care for the people; who for generations were treated unfairly?
Who will care for the people; that are the reflection of me?
They maybe many but I will mention the one that is familiar
This can be none other than the honourable Mr. Hamilton Ratshefola

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In the silence of my mind

In the silence of my mind my perception is my reality
So life can be whatever I desire it to be
In the silence of my mind when fright fills my eyes with tears
I can search my soul to see if they are any reasons for my fears
In the silence of my mind I’m protected from the dangers of sin
And sheltered from the storm of trials and its thunderous winds
In the silence of my mind I’m relieved from pain
And even in the valleys of my situation I can smile without shame
In the silence of my mind my predestined path is revealed
And my short-comings and scars are forgiven and healed
In the silence of my mind there’s restitution
And the tolerance that encourages perfection
So when depressed and there is no help of any kind
Don’t stress, just retreat to the silence of your mind.

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Our moral responsibility

How many more will have to die
Before we identify this lie
And how many families must be destroyed?
Before we turn our gaze unto the Lord
Why must those infected suffer isolation?
And they that are affected experience discrimination
Have we become so inhumane?
Allowing the stain of HIV to drive us insane
I am ashamed at how we have become desensitized
Feeling the need to segregate and stigmatize
Since we are infected one by one
Our time of responsibility has come
For too long HIV has threatened the extinction of humanity
Consistently increasing as the cause of mortality
Some infections occur medically
While others are the result of infidelity and issues of sexuality
This disease is not airborne
Yet our mind, body and soul has been torn
Sometimes I wonder why we feel pain
And why we complain when it rains

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