Find­ing mean­ing in Re­mem­brance Day

The Prince George Citizen - - Religion - ED DREWLO Sec­ond Wind Min­istries

In the fall of 2014, while work­ing at a church in Saska­toon, I took the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the city’s SaskTel Cen­tre. It was just three weeks af­ter that ter­ri­ble day in Ot­tawa when a Cana­dian re­servist, Cpl. Nathan Cir­illo, was fa­tally shot at Ot­tawa’s War Me­mo­rial. As we re­mem­ber, the shooter in that case, then stormed the Par­lia­ment Cen­tre Block be­fore be­ing gunned down by Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vick­ers.

With that tragic in­ci­dent fresh on ev­ery­one’s mind it wasn’t sur­pris­ing that the me­mo­rial ser­vice that day in Saska­toon was the largest in its his­tory. With more than 10,000 peo­ple stand­ing in si­lence at the 11 o’clock hour in hon­our of all of Canada’s fallen for our na­tion, it was a mo­ment to re­mem­ber in more ways than one.

The drama on Par­lia­ment Hill on Oct. 22, 2014 cap­tures well the rea­son for this day’s im­por­tance and mean­ing. Vivid pic­tures of true sac­ri­fice al­ways stir our hearts about what’s re­ally im­por­tant in life.

For one thing, a day such as this is a con­tin­ual re­minder of the ob­vi­ous ex­is­tence of good and evil in our world. Re­cent shoot­ings re­mind us again that it is naive for us to ig­nore the ex­is­tence of this di­chotomy. Re­mem­brance Day and all hu­man his­tory demon­strate that this great di­vide is more than mere re­li­gious dogma.

But faith can help us un­der­stand it.

Chris­tian­ity, for ex­am­ple, de­scribes this dif­fer­ence in terms of light and dark­ness, right­eous­ness and wicked­ness, or God and Satan. But it also holds out the vi­brant hope that dark­ness can and will ul­ti­mately be over­come by eter­nal light. This, of course, is the mean­ing of Je­sus’s his­toric res­ur­rec­tion. It demon­strates that a V-day over the world’s evil is ab­so­lutely cer­tain.

Re­mem­brance Day ac­knowl­edges that war is an in­evitable part of life. There are wars and then there are wars. Some ex­ist out of de­fense for what re­ally mat­ters. Though we may rightly try to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to avoid war, truth, se­cu­rity, and free­dom in this world will al­ways be threat­ened by evil pow­ers of one kind or an­other. Con­flict takes many shapes of which war is the ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion. That which is truly good and right, is worth the most dili­gent pur­suit and de­fense ev­ery day of our lives.

Yet it’s also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that this kind of de­vo­tion will never hap­pen with­out tremen­dous cost. Sac­ri­fice for what is good and true is at the heart of what this day is all about. And on this 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First Great War, Re­mem­brance Day of­fers a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity for us to con­sci­en­tiously thank God for our free­dom.

But it’s also a day to re­mem­ber the sig­nif­i­cance of sac­ri­fice in gen­eral. And, for Chris­tians, this is best epit­o­mized in the great­est sac­ri­fice of all time – when the per­fect man will­ingly laid down his life on a Ro­man cross for the sin of the whole world.

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