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Dear Friends,
In looking through the hymn book I came across a beautifully written hymn to mark Remembrance Day.
By a monument of marble,
Or a simple wooden cross,
Here we gather to remember
Sacrifice and tragic loss.
Blood red poppy petals flutter,
Each a symbol for a life,
Drifting in a crimson curtain,
Shadow of our constant strife.

We recognise that it is important that we take time to stop and remember the loss of those who have given their lives in the service of others. We also remember those deeply affected by grief as well as those presently working and serving in places of conflict and danger.
Solemn silence now surrounds us
As we stand in memory.
Why must factions stir up conflict?
This eternal mystery
Troubles hearts and stirs the conscience,
Urges us to think again;
Face the curse of confrontation,
Yet reduce this searing pain.

This hymn pictures us standing in silence, as we remember. The silence of grief for some, the silence of respect for others, perhaps the silence of gratitude and then there is the silence of questioning: 'Why must factions stir up conflict?'
For the sound of war still thunders
Through our planet, on this day.
Every hour new victims suffer,
Even as we meet to pray.
In so many ways the world has progressed and moved on, society has changed, we live in a high tech post-modern age and yet despite the lessons of the past it is incredible that 'the sound of war still thunders through our planet...' and 'every hour new victims suffer'. Why do people in positions of great power pose and posture as if it is all a game? Why can't we learn to live at one with each other?
Marjorie Dobson leads us humbly to the place of prayer and reflection:
God, we need your help and guidance
In our constant search for peace.
Move us on to new solutions
As we pray that wars may cease.
Marjorie Dobson (b1940) StF 131
May this be our prayer as we stand with others on Remembrance Day.
Every blessing
Philip

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