Perspectives by Rev. Janet Evans

 

The poppy, the symbol of remembrance

I have visited a number of stores in the past two weeks and in several of them one could take a poppy after putting a donation in a box. Whenever I see poppies, I am reminded that Remembrance Day is on the horizon. 

What does the poppy represent? The poppy represents the symbol of Remembrance.

Why should we wear a poppy? When we wear a poppy or display a wreath, we honour the war dead and help ex-service personnel and their dependents.

How do we help needy ex-service personnel and their dependents? Contribute to the Poppy Campaign.

The basic purpose of poppy funds is to provide immediate assistance to ex-service members in need. This may include food, shelter or medical attention for them or their families.

We are called to love God and to love others: as we honour our veterans and give thanks for their sacrifices, we indeed show concern for our brothers and sister in Christ.

As we approach Remembrance Day, may we seek to create a world where men, women and children live together in harmony and in peace.

May we remember the sacrifices that many Canadians and others made to preserve and protect the way of life that we now embrace. Our veterans went to war seeking justice and liberty.

In Canadian schoolrooms today there are students whose parents and grandparents remember the World Wars, the Gulf War, Afghanistan…Some remember the terrible ordeal of escaping to freedom. To them the poppy can be a symbol of that freedom. It is important for all of us to remember that unity of Canadians in wartime enables all of us to enjoy freedom.

In 2012, we hopefully seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. May we allow the Lord to guide and inspire us as we help build a healthy and happier world. May we be assured that God will shed His grace upon us–God will never leave us desolate. God loves us and calls us to be His peacekeepers and peacemakers in our homes, communities, nation and world.

And let us remember these words: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God our Creator, children all are we; let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now, with every step I take let this be my solemn vow; to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Rev. Janet Evans, Iroquois United Church

 

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