Part of me would like to think that the summer is not over and that the days are not shortening but that would be like living in Peter Pan’s Never-never-land (or I suppose I could live on the Equator!).
Mind you, the reality is that the sky is blue again today which reminds me of Vera Brittain’s poem:
“Perhaps some day the sun will shine again
And I shall see that still the skies are blue
And feel once more I do not live in vain
Although bereft of you.”
That said, reality today is quite different from what it used to be with the advent of social media and gaming. Albert Einstein said Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one but the soldiers in the WW1 trenches would have argued that point.
As a benefice we are doing a few events in memory of the day when peace was agreed. You might have heard of the 100 days of prayer (www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days). Some of us are praying every day as directed but Ruyton Church will also be open for specific prayer from 16th-18th September. If you make your way to the prayer corner, there will be resources there to help you pray.. You might want to remember a relative, you might be a historian with a keen interest in that period or you might just want to ask God to bring peace to our world today.
Then there will be our Remembrance Day service at Ruyton church on Sunday November 11th where the benefice and other villagers will gather together to worship and hold the two minute silence.
Finally Great Ness church will be having an afternoon of poetry, local history and other activities that all will be welcome to.
Whatever your feelings are about WW1, I hope there is something for you to be involved with. Let us remember with gratitude all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and let us lift our eyes to God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)