Lockdown #2 – Day 13: We Remember

Lockdown #2 – Day 13: We Remember

Today it’s not about Revenue Canada or the lockdown, per sé. It’s about paying tribute to fewer & fewer individuals, and more & more memories of individuals…

Today is Remembrance Day

Memories from the Cenotaph

As a kid, my memories from Remembrance day center around colouring red paper poppies in elementary school and standing around the local cenotaph in cold (& usually damp) weather as a boy scout.

Little by little, year after year, that put something in me. The poppy-adorned lapels, so banal when you see it every year, grew to simply be part of what it meant to be Canadian. I didn’t realize that I’d miss it as much as I do, living in France.

We can’t buy lapel poppies here, so this year I made myself one, even though, with lockdown, I don’t get out much for people to see it. It just wouldn’t be a November 11th without one.

“Others gave their future, so that we could have one.” : Do you ever look at phrases and think… “Is that too dramatic? …over the top?”

Perhaps it would be if we got far enough away from the memory of those who lost their lives, fighting against tyranny. When we remember the fallen however… it seems perfectly appropriate.

RHS Garden Rosemoor

I want to share two Remembrance Day themed images that I found on the Twitter Feed of the Royal Horticultural Society Garden in Rosemoor (Torrington, Devon, UK).

Here, a WWI soldier is surrounded by 100 ceramic poppies made by Renée Kilburn. Her poppies can be purchased online and shipped worldwide (and if the shipping to France wasn’t over 2x the purchase price, I’d love a couple or three).

Well done Rosemoor. Well done Renée!

A Parallel

There are times when it is extremely difficult to remain in France for a number of reasons that I won’t get into here. Yes, it’s exotic. Yes, there are visions of French pastry & castles. Yes, there’s a very romantic vision of life here. But it’s not all roses & poppies.

This morning, in particular, something occurred to me only after I put that phrase on the image of my handmade poppy:

“Others gave their future so that we could have one.”

In a very minor way… what we are doing in France is not completely unlike what WWI soldiers did but BEFORE you think I’m diving into self-aggrandizement hear me out… I don’t want to put ourselves on any kind of a pedestal (I’m too familiar with the day-to-day shortcomings to do that).

There’s a LOT of uncertainty for us here (no retirement plan as would be part of a ‘normal’ job, we don’t own a house – offering post-retirement stability…we’re not building any equity that way). There are many reasons to stress and worry about our future.

But…

There’s a hope… that in time, our sacrifice will make it easier for people in this city & region, to spend spiritual eternity with the Lord and not apart from Him.

There’s also that lengthy passage from Matthew…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34

I don’t always do well with that passage… worrying comes easy to me. But I try to remember it, remember that God is faithful...


Thanks for stopping by
Let’s remember those who sacrificed for our earthly freedom.
Let’s remember, Jesus sacrificed his life for our spiritual freedom.
God bless you today!

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