Each November, we call to mind on Remembrance Sunday all those who have died in conflict and give thanks for peace. This year our all-age Remembrance Service is at 10:15am on 11th November. It’s always a poignant moment in the calendar. This year, it has a particular significance, as it is 100 years since the end of the First World War – which was supposed to be “the war to end all wars”, but of course things didn’t turn out that way. We remember the moment when the guns fell silent, but guns are still sounding around the world today.
For many people in our own day, the tragedy of war and violence continues in many forms. And not just for soldiers, but for civilians too – including tourists, workers, bystanders, killed in localised acts of terrorism and random violence. Difficult questions can sometimes arise. Who are the enemies? And how are they to be resisted? It can seem a perplexing world, and one which can seem to raise more questions than answers.
However, there are some things we can be sure about. We know that Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace – came to show the world a better way. His life of love, forgiveness and self-sacrifice is the pattern for humanity. We are all called to work for that peace which is God’s desire for us and for the world. We are called to make sacrifices for the sake of peace. We are invited to trust in God’s wisdom and power, even when events are painful and bewildering.
As we remember those who have given their lives in the cause of helping others, let’s resolve to strive for peace above all things, and pray for peace in this world. The more we live for peace – as well as pray for it – the more we are furthering the work of the Prince of Peace.
Peace be with you.