I must be getting old. I recall as a child hearing Vera Lynn on the radio every November 11th, singing popular wartime songs such as We’ll Meet Again. My favourite was always The White Cliffs of Dover. “There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, Tomorrow, just you wait and see.” She sings of the people “braving those angry skies” and how tomorrow “there’ll be love and laughter and peace ever after. Tomorrow when the world is free.”

Well, we know that the skies are still angry in many parts of the globe as the bombs are dropped, stones and grenades are thrown and stealth drones sneak up on people. We don’t have peace ever after and there are nations in our world that are anything but free.

That is one of the reasons why it is so important that we have days such as Remembrance Day, days to remind us to pause and give thanks for the men and women who suffered in war and to think of those who continue to suffer in war zones around the world. Something like the traditional red poppy worn on our lapel is a good reminder of that need to pause.

Praise the Lord

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