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We remember.

 

War is not glorious.  War is mud and blood and death.  War is obliteration sometimes by friendly fire as well as by the enemy.  War is when we have to live with the consequences of decisions made by politicians and by generals, bad decisions, good decisions.  What is a good decision when it brings death to more people, even when they are on the other side?

 

We remember.

 

We honour those who died.  They didn’t expect to die.  They didn’t want to die.  They wanted life.  They wanted adventure.  They believed in their country.  They didn’t understand the politics.

 

We remember.

 

We honour all our enemies.  They were human too.  They had wives and mothers, sisters and daughters.  They didn’t deserve to die either.

 

We remember.

 

Year by year, we remember.  And it doesn’t make any difference.  We still go to war.  We still expect to solve our differences by violence.

 

Lord, have mercy.

 

So wars will continue.  There will be wars and insurrections, conflicts that cause destruction and death.

 

Lord, have mercy.

 

Natural disasters will always happen when you least expect: floods, volcanoes, earthquakes; bringing tribulation: famine, want, death.  New diseases will arise and old plagues will once more gain power.

 

Lord, have mercy.

 

Politics won’t always be kind.  Cruel despots will come to power.  They will play games with your fears.  They will lay heavy heavy burdens on the little people.  They will oppress those who are different.  They will persecute you when you live by the values of your faith.

 

Lord, have mercy.

 

These things will happen, and they will go on happening.  In every generation there will be trouble of all kinds.

 

Lord, have mercy.

 

But you, do what is right.  Stay connected with the Lord your God.  Keep praying.  Look out for the poor and those who are on the margins.  Be faithful.  Stay with the truth.  Remain in God’s light.  Let God be your inner strength.  Find resilience in Him.

 

Lord, have mercy.

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