Paul Walton has preached a wonderful ANZAC sermon. So many of us struggle with honouring those who fought and those who lost loved ones without in any way glorifying wars.
1 John 3.16–24
I hate militarism. I loathe nationalism. But I honour those who serve.
How do we speak on a day like this? At this very time one hundred years ago, the Anzac forces—and, let’s face it, the Turkish soldiers too—were going through hell.
Soon we’ll sing the 23rd Psalm; some of the Anzacs will have been reminding themselves of the words of that psalm. Later we’ll say the Lord’s Prayer; many will have been saying that prayer too. They must have been praying above all for it to stop, so they could go home to their sweethearts and wives. After all it was General Douglas MacArthur who said:
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
We know of course that these scars are not just obvious…
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