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Written by Peter Johnston   
Friday, 11 November 2011 10:08

Remembrance Day Image

The image and this post's theme come from Sunday's Remembrance service. I'm just about to go down to Auchinraith Primary to lead a Remembrance Day Assembly, and have been finalising Sunday's service too. I found our Moderator, Rt Rev David Arnott's prayer very helpful myself for today.

Not just for yesterday, Lord God,
Not even for today.
But for tomorrow also,
We stand in silence.

We stand like measured ranks in a foreign field
Stone upon stone,
Name upon name,
Date upon date.

Stones not yet worn by the passing of the seasons,
Names not yet forgotten by the passing of the generations,
Dates too full of memories as year encircles year.

We stand with pictures in our minds
Of repatriation
Of tears from families
For their hero
Who now is also ours.

Almighty and eternal God
Your prophet promised your people of old
A name and a place
That they might be remembered.

We hold the names before you
Names etched in granite
Names carved on our hearts.
We stand in the place
Which we know is holy ground
Because you are there.
We stand mindful of the sacrifice
Aware no words of ours are sufficient.
We stand committing ourselves
To follow the ways of the Prince of Peace.

We stand in silence
Before an empty cross
A sign of a God who loves his world
And who wants for all his children
The peace that the world can neither give nor take away.

Lord we stand in silence.

(from Life and Work, November 2011)

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