Welcome to 'The duPs' - The website of Paul and Margaret du Plessis.
They are Salvation Army officers
Margaret is a former Medical Social Worker, Paul a physician.
They have served in Zambia, the United Kingdom, India, and their homeland of South Africa. Now, in retirement, they live in Bromley, in southeast London.
Their children, Catherine and Andre, and the wider family mean a lot to them. Placing Paul’s poems and other information on a website has been a family request for some years. Grandson, David, took on the project and became the website architect.
Please enjoy reading Paul's poems which reflect something of their faith and experiences.
Margaret has researched the life of Louisa Mary Tucker, the first wife of pioneer Indian missionary, Frederick Tucker.
Please use the menu on the left and the search function in the top right to navigate through the site.
Here is Paul's most recent poem:
- Written July 2014
Until you told me and I realised the damage.
Your sins hurt me and you did not know
Until I told you and you realised the damage.
Bound by what happened, some of it long ago,
Both of us suffering the consequences;
Bad blood and wishing the separation of death,
Not knowing you'd probably feel the same about me.
I didn't know what to do with my hurt
And you didn't know what to do with yours.
I should have hung my head in shame
And could have hung yours with blame.
Until I realised God suffered sin's hurts among us.
Sinless, he shared sin's damage; crowned with thorns,
Hands and feet nailed, a side pierced,
Blood flowing in undeserved and comprehensive death.
He absorbed the hurts of sin - dead and buried,
Not just for three days in the tomb
Waiting to be brought out again, but forever,
With a new beginning and way of life together.
His blood flowed instead of yours,
He died instead of me,
He suffered sin's consequences
His rising brings the gift of new life.
I can't change what you did to me
But I can remember him, and try to understand.
My hurt is gone, the damage I caused is forgiven.
And how I think of you is changed.
So even if you do not share my faith,
I can tell you what happened because of him:
My guilt is gone, my peace restored.
Difficult for Him, simple for me - and for you.