Take 5 with Kathy -Remember..

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and it is also being observed in many other countries of the British Commonwealth. Our American friends refer to it as Veteran’s Day. We specifically remember the armistice signed at 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, which brought an end to the First World War. As other great wars have been fought and ceased, we also remember the many civil conflicts, acts of terrorism, and on-going hostilities that shatter the lives of people around the globe. We must never forget. 

Remember those who have fallen 

Their ultimate sacrifice 

The unselfish gift 

Of life 

For those left behind 

 

Remember the innocent 

Caught in the crossfire 

Thoughtlessly robbed 

Of a future 

Helpless victims snuffed out 

 

Remember the wounded 

Bloodied hands reaching skyward 

Being quickly drained 

Of hope 

Lying in chilled muddy fields
Remember the survivors 

Grieving widows, terrified orphans, 

The agonizing pain 

Of living 

Without precious loved ones 

 

Remember the devastation 

Burning rubble, splintered homes 

The putrid stench 

Of death 

Lying forgotten in the streets 

 

Remember the homeless 

Trudging wearily in mass 

Bearing the weight 

Of what’s left 

Only memories to take forward 

 

Remember the aftermath 

Teary hollow eyes 

Surveying twisted ruins 

Of a homeland 

Devoid of all familiar 

 

Remember the rebuilding 

Landscapes taking new shape 

Hills crudely formed 

Of debris 

Someone once called home 

 

Remember the price 

Paid on our behalf 

Forget not the blessing 

Of freedom 

Take nothing for granted 

 

Remember… 

We must remember… 

We will not forget… 

 

Remember what happened long ago; acknowledge that I alone am God and that there is no one else like me. From the beginning I predicted the outcome; long ago I foretold what would happen. I said that my plans would never fail, that I would do everything I intended to do.” (Isaiah 46:9-10, Good News Translation) 

Until next Sunday, 

Kathy 

November 11, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Tanya@takesix - Thank you so much Kathy. We must remember, and be thankful to those to served, and are serving.

November 11, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Gwyneth - Very beautifully written Kathy!! Thank you!

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