Remembrance Day, is next Saturday. This time is devoted to honouring men and women who have fought for justice, freedom and yes – peace. Douglas MacArthur said, “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
Remembrance Day isn’t about glorifying war, it is about hearing the stories, bearing witness to the people, and their families, who have carried the burdens of those scars. Bless each one for the sacrifices they made; they deserve to be seen and heard.
We know that war won’t solve our problems or bring lasting peace to nations. We cannot fight among each other and expect harmony as a result. We are called to remember our past so as to change the present and the future.
Now is the time for us to accept – and live – the spiritual truth that peace in the outer world requires us to be at peace within ourselves. Let us surrender the conflict within and give our thoughts to peace. Give our minds to peace. Give our hearts to peace.
As we do this, our peace within becomes the peace without.
This service contained shares from the congregation. As such, there is no recording of this week’s message.