Thought for the Week

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

It was a small walled gar­den in Bal­loch Coun­try Park, and it was filled with the most glo­ri­ous Acer trees. The en­tire area was a red car­pet of fallen leaves. We sat on an invit­ing bench and the gen­tle breeze filled the sur­round­ing area with crim­son leaves. I watched as they were held sus­pended on the breath of an au­tum­nal morn­ing be­fore they fell gra­ciously to join the oth­ers on the ground be­low. Red leaves whis­pered a me­mory of fallen leaves and fallen men. On Sun­day night we will watch, once again, on our TV screens, the ser­vice of Re­mem­brance. The red pop­pies will fall onto heads and hats and no one will move, for fear of in­vad­ing that mo­ment of in­ti­macy. No one will move be­cause it is too poignant for words, too painful for sto­ries, too deep even for re­mem­ber­ing. The pop­pies will fall 100 years af­ter that war which was sup­posed to be ‘the war to end all wars’. Sadly there have been many wars since that aw­ful con­flict and still we hope and pray for peace. ‘Come with me to a quiet place,’ Je­sus said. This walled gar­den was a quiet place, a place of peace, a place of com­fort, a place of hope. Crim­son leaves fell. Young men fell. Our hopes fell. Yet in this gar­den there are signs of new life. Buds will ap­pear again, shoots will forge their way through hard earth, and the cy­cle of life will re­new our hearts and our hopes once again. So as the pop­pies fall, let us go for­ward in hope and let us hon­our ev­ery sin­gle poppy with a com­mit­ment to strive for peace and to turn aside from war.

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