Remembrance Reflections: 11/11/2015

Remembrance collage

An empty RME class is an interesting place to be when the call to Remembrance and Two Minute Silence is issued via the school intercom. To my left there are posters for our Ethics of War unit, with big bold words: “Peace and Conflict”. To my right, there is a China flag — a reminder of the school trip — but today a reminder that not everyone has religious and political freedom. In front of me I see a Nelson Mandela poster with the Words, “Let Freedom reign”, a Gandhi poster with the words, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.” and a poster displaying the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue. As I stand here remembering the freedom I take for granted. I’m grateful to God that at this present moment I live in a relatively peaceful part of the world. Yet, I’m reminded that conflict is a historical, ongoing and ever present reality. I’m reminded of outstanding humans, like Gandhi, who have risked their own lives for the cause of justice. I think of soldiers who risked their lives and lost their lives whilst fighting for freedom. And, I remember Jesus — the Prince of Peace. The only true hope for this war-torn world. I remember that His Kingdom is coming and in that day — war will cease and peace will reign — because Christ will reign.

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