On the 15th of March 2019, an event took place that rocked my small nation of New Zealand and resulted in the loss of 50 precious lives with 50 more seriously injured. It has taken a while for me to process just what took place in the land that I love and the feelings and emotions have run deep for us all.

What this day has highlighted for me and many others is that a senseless act of violence that was intended to destroy us and divide us as a nation has catastrophically failed. 

We have united and come together to comfort, to mourn, and to love! 

So while we mourn with those who mourn and weep with their loss yet as a nation we will remain strong and together in our stand against darkness and against evil. 

Let us all be slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to love.Love is the most powerful force in the world and Love will always overcome evil. The light will always cast out the darkness. When we enter a dark room we do not try to empty the room of darkness we simply turn on the light! 

And while we may be small geographically NZ we are strong and mighty in spirit, so as one nation undefeated and undivided we stand and sing + declare! 

God of Nations at Thy feet, In the bonds of love we meet, Hear our voices, we entreat, God defend our free land. Guard Pacific's triple star From the shafts of strife and war, Make her praises heard afar, God defend New Zealand.

MEN OF EVERY CREED AND RACE, GATHER HERE BEFORE THY FACE, ASKING THEE TO BLESS THIS PLACE, GOD DEFEND OUR FREE LAND. FROM DISSENSION, ENVY, HATE, AND CORRUPTION GUARD OUR STATE, MAKE OUR COUNTRY GOOD AND GREAT, GOD DEFEND NEW ZEALAND.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast, But, should foes assail our coast, Make us then a mighty host, God defend our free land. LORD OF BATTLES IN THY MIGHT, PUT OUR ENEMIES TO FLIGHT, LET OUR CAUSE BE JUST AND RIGHT, GOD DEFEND NEW ZEALAND.

LET OUR LOVE FOR THEE INCREASE, May Thy blessings never cease, Give us plenty, give us peace, God defend our free land. From dishonor and from shame, Guard our country's spotless name, Crown her with immortal fame, GOD DEFEND NEW ZEALAND.

#Christchurch #NewZealand#GodDefendNZ #kiakaha 

A perfect prayer for such a time - our hearts break for Christchurch and all those who have been affected. 15/3/19 

E Ihowa Atua, (Oh Lord, God) O ngā iwi mātou rā, (Of nations and of us too) Āta whakarongona; (Listen to us) Me aroha noa (Cherish us) Kia hua ko te pai; (Let goodness) flourish, Kia tau tō atawhai; (May your blessings flow) Manaakitia mai (Defend) Aotearoa

(New Zealand)  ♥ Donna Moxie + Belle