One hundred years ago this month saw the end of the Battle of the Somme – a battle, or more accurately, a series of battles that lasted from July 1st that year. The casualty numbers were appalling – way beyond anything we can comprehend and yet the world has not learned. The nations still compete for prestige, influence and territory and as a consequence threaten the very stability that the world needs if we are to survive.
We will observe Remembrance Sunday, along with the nation, marking not only the conflict that ended in 1918 but that of what is called the II World War and many conflicts since. I think people have once again become more aware of the cost of war (in human terms) and as a consequence reflect more on the price our young men and women pay that we might live in peace. We have to work at and for peace. Working for peace involves creating the stable environment that allows other nations to grow, to prosper, to take their place on the world stage and while governments fail to recognise this the threat of war will always be with us. I hope and pray that the leaders of the nations will, one day, seek the kind of world where all humanity can find a place to express themselves and live with hope and until that day comes Remembrance Sunday must always be observed.
Please pray for the peace of the world.