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VE Day - 75 years on

As we all stop for two minutes to remember, Gordon has written this little reflection....

King George VI, speaking to the nation 75 years ago, said this: "There is great comfort in the thought that the years of darkness and danger in which the children of our country have grown up are over and, please God, for ever. We shall have failed, and the blood of our dearest will have flowed in vain, if the victory which they died to win does not lead to a lasting peace, founded on justice and good will." 75 years on we can make the same commitment and have the same hope: that justice and good will make for real peace. As a youngster growing up, the only time I ever say my big, strong, grandfather shed a tear was on Remembrance Sunday. Wearing his medals, I'd look up at him and see the pain in his eyes. He saw things I can only ever imagine witnessing. He lost a brother in France whose grave he never visited, but I did after he had died, as a sort of pilgrimage to remember them both. Now I look to my own children and wonder what sort of a world they will inherit. Can we make that same commitment to them, that we will work for justice and good will? On this day where people across Europe, whose forebears were on either side of the battle lines, stop to remember the advent of peace 75 years ago, may we all recommit to work for justice, good will and peace in all that we do. Oh Lord, whose ways are paths that lead to peace if only we would follow them, guide us today. Help us to remember the sacrifices and the loss. Help us to celebrate the heroes of then, and the heroes of now: those who give so much to help others. Help us to walk in peaceful ways, in their memory and because of their ongoing sacrifice, going out of our way to love, even when it is hard. Amen.

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