Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Seventy five years ago, on the 6th June 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. D-Day as it became known marked the start of the liberation of Europe from its Nazi oppressors. Many lost their lives and many more were wounded under heavy fire in the assault, but the objective was achieved. Ceremonies in this country and on the Normandy beaches have taken place over the last few days to remember, to honour and to give thanks for their sacrifice.
Yet as the politicians hurry back to their offices and the veterans return home, wondering if they will ever see the beaches of Normandy again, let us remember that, since the end of World War 2 there has scarcely been one day when there has not been war in some part of the world. Since nations now have enough fire power to destroy the planet several times over, there is a danger of war by accident, perhaps resulting from an overreaction to some perceived provocation. In her speech at the recent State Banquet the Queen reminded her audience that “after the Second World War the US and UK worked with their allies to build an assembly of international institutions to ensure that the horrors of conflict would never be repeated.” She went on to say that “whilst the world has changed we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures; nations working together to safeguard a hard won peace.”
At Pentecost we remember fire of the Holy Spirit alighting on the disciples empowering them to spread Jesus’ message of peace. As Christians we too have the Holy Spirit to guide, guard and support us on that same mission. Will you join me in prayer?
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years