Today is Veteran's Day,a time we honor all of those who have served in the miltary. In Canada, this day coincides with that country's Remembrance Day, much like Memorial Day in the U.S. Remembrance Day is a time when we hold a two-minute silence in memory of those who died in war. We wear our poppies but do we ever really think about why?
After the First World War, a French woman, Madame E. Guérin, had an idea. She told her idea to British Field-Marshall Earl Haig and as a result, in November 1921, French women and children made and sold poppies to support Veterans. Poppies have graced our lives for more than 90 years.
If we can make peace after a war, why can’t we do it before one? Are we so crass, so hateful, so demanding that millions of lives don’t matter? It only takes one person full of them selves and yearning for power to drag entire nations into battle. The same is true of your neighborhood and mine.
We’ll share a two minute silence today; remembering those brave men and women who died on our behalf. Maybe we can take the rest of the day to ponder our lives, forgive, and make amends, live peace.
Romans 12:17-19- Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord (NIV).
Prayer: Lord, give us courage and strength to not just read your word but also obey it. In Christ. Amen.