This coming Sunday is a very special day in the Church’s calendar because it is Remembrance Sunday. The day on which we honour those people who were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Remembrance Sunday is a day when we devote some time to show our gratitude to those brave men and women who lost their lives in the course of the First and Second World Wars and in the conflicts since then.
People who were prepared to do whatever they could, at considerable cost to themselves, to defend their and our country.
Jesus once said, ‘Greater love hath no man than this. That a man lay down his life for his friends’.
During these wars people were prepared ‘to lay down their lives’ not just for their friends but also for those people whom they did not know personally but whom they knew they had a duty to protect.
As time has gone on, Remembrance Sunday is often seen as also an opportunity for us to reflect on the huge cost of war in terms of human lives and human potential.
We sadly have to come to the conclusion that sometimes as in the case of the First and Second World Wars, wars can end up being inevitable. However that should not stop us from striving as hard as we possibly can to try and stop disagreements between countries from escalating into something that is even more serious. It is also important I think at this time to recognise the important work that our Armed Forces do for us on a daily basis to keep us safe. And we should never stop praying that one day hopefully the words in the book of Isaiah will come to pass and, ‘nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again’.