remembering well

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the US. We pause as countries to remember and honor fallen soldiers from wars past and, sadly, wars present. Memory has a powerful way of solidifying national unity as we reflect on both victory and loss. Our stories as countries keep the present in perspective. Whether we like it or not, we've come from somewhere.

As Christians, remembering is also crucial. But we have a different sort of remembering. We remember our story not just as our story, but as God's story. And so as we recognize the reality of violence and the suffering of both soldiers and victims, we remember as the people of God. On Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, then, our remembering is in the context of our hope for peace. Our remembering is done in the reality of peace Jesus points us towards and calls us to embody. Our remembering recognizes the reality that peace will have the final word amidst the chorus of violence in the world. May all Christians remember well this November 11.

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:1-3, 14).

Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am givingAlign Center you this day (Deut. 8:11)

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h/t to MCC's Peace Sunday resources for the video.

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