Issue 1295 – War and Peace – November 11, 2023
This morning at 11:00 AM, much of Canada will observe a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
Remembrance Day is celebrated in many former member countries of the British Commonwealth. It is observed across Canada each year on 11 November — the anniversary of the Armistice Agreement of 1918 that ended the First World War.
It isn’t a celebration or glorification of war. It offers remembrance and thanks to those who have or are willing to give their all for others. Every man and woman who serves in the military knows that the possibility (even probability at times) exists that they may have to give their lives for others.
To all who have or are serving now … Thank you for your service. Whether short-term or career soldiers, whether you served in a frontline combat role or far behind the lines in relative peace, you were willing to sacrifice all for us. Your willingness to sacrifice on behalf of others is honourable.
Wars have been fought for many reasons, but invariably, at some point, their root cause is the sin of the leadership on one (or all) sides. They might be about power or wealth, legitimate or illegitimate, covert or overt. Still, the bottom line is they are rooted in sin.
Wars have been fought, and people killed starting very shortly after Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden. Their son Cain killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4). From there on in, it was downhill.
There is always a war of some form happening somewhere in the world on any given day. Not all are the magnitude of the First and Second World Wars or the Struggles in Afghanistan or Iraq, but they never stop,
If we define peace as the absence of war, there is no peace on earth.
Yet, as followers of Jesus, we can know the peace of Christ. That doesn’t free us from the risk of perishing in some conflict or another (declared, undeclared, conventional or guerrilla, international or civil, worldwide or local in scope). It does mean that we have God’s promise and His Spirit residing in us.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
That peace is ours and is at work in us through all circumstances. As we remember those who serve, may you recall and be blessed by the words of the writer of Hebrews.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
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