Last Sunday the 11th of November at 11am many people reflected in a minute’s silence about what it means to strive for and give thanks for peace in our world, as we remembered the Armistice that brought World War I to an end.
This war was costly in so many ways, especially in the deaths and casualties of many innocent people including service men and women from many nations.
There was talk at the end of this war of peace and justice that would never see such happenings again, but we know that this hope was and continues not to be fulfilled with successive wars and conflicts.
Many people have given their lives or suffered injury physical and emotional in times of battle and conflict, yet we must never give up in our quest for peace. The world needs to find new ways of securing peace and justice throughout the nations and this means talking and praying together, not looking at what we can gain or win but what we can give and agree upon.
One of the Bible readings for last Sunday was from St Mark’s Gospel, chapter 12 verses 38-44.
Jesus tells the people that we do not need to be in control, demanding respect and having honour heaped upon ourselves. He then continues to tell them of the poor widow who gave all that she had to the poor so that there was enough to be shared.
How true is this for all of us. Peace, justice and sharing of the world’s resources begins with us.
Many have given their lives in service not only in war but in mission areas and service in Australia and overseas and in so many ways seeking to bring peace and hope to others.
Let us do our part in generosity of prayer, time and giving.
~Rev. Wayne Sheean, St Paul’s Anglican Church.