In The Silence

On November 11th we pause at 11:00am for 2 minutes of silence.  We engage this time to remember the cost of our peace paid by our fellow citizens.  What should we be thinking about during that silence?  The reality is that you can think whatever you want, those who fought and died did so to stop those who would force their agenda upon others.  Typically, we think of the loved ones from our family tree and community, one reason we gather as a people on Nov 11th is to remember together.  Our rally cry “from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, we will remember them.”  We remember too that, while humanity strives for good and recognizes the importance of that value, there are many who embrace a path of evil to accomplish what they want.  We remember that we are capable of atrocity if we let ourselves go to our dark side.  G.K. Chesterson, Catholic Theologian and writer, was asked to submit an article to the London Times newspaper entitled “What Is Wrong With This World.”  He answered back:

Dear Sirs:
I am.
Yours Truly,
GK Chesterton.

The silence is an important part of our remembrance, it is an important part of faith too, the Psalmist writes ‘be still and know that I am God.’  To embrace and live in peace calls us to work through our inner struggles, pain, anger and goals.  Many of the New Testament letters begin and/or end with the phrase ‘grace and peace to you’. We have the freedom to choose to live in grace and peace. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, ‘if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation’, faith in Jesus is renewal of our heart and soul that allows God’s peace to begin to reign. There is an ongoing journey of faith we can embrace during the moment of silence, a prayer.  The Apostle Peter outlined it this way: ‘make every effort to add to your faith goodness; to goodness, knowledge, to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness’ and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.’  May you, on this Remembrance Day, embrace afresh the commitment to honour the price of our silence, and engage in the personal decision to choose the way of peace.

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