Glorious and Free
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
It’s November. This is the month that distinguishes colourful fall leaves from vibrant white snowy winters. As the evenings become darker earlier, it serves as a subtle reminder of shorter days, longer nights and the limited number of shopping days before Christmas. But there is another reason why November remains significant in the hearts and minds of Canadians. This is the month that we celebrate Remembrance Day.
Therein, we remember the fighting and conflict that twice encompassed the world in war. We are reminded that in 1945, newspapers everywhere printed the welcome news that the war was over. The news wasn’t hidden away inside the cover. The “war is over” was displayed in large font across the front page. Victory celebrations accompanied by music and dancing filled the streets as war veterans – those who risked their lives for our freedom – finally came home.
Still, our hearts are saddened for the many sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend their country. That is, their lives, their individual hopes and lifelong dreams.
Lise Hand wrote: “That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong — that decency will somehow triumph in the end.”
It is for this reason that our freedom was bought at a substantial cost. As I remember the combined sorrow and joy that came together on that special day, my prayer for our nation is that we will continue to remain free. That our guaranteed Charter of Rights and Freedoms – that inherently protects freedom of speech and religion – will always exist in our nation, for many generations to come.
“God keep our land, glorious and free, Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee!”
This year, as we embark upon a new Remembrance Day, let’s acknowledge the cherished memories of loved ones who never had an opportunity to rejoice in the victory parties that took place. Perhaps, even take the time to join veterans who stand united in remembrance of “a very different time and place” in front of the cenotaph. Most of all, let’s remember that we have so much to be thankful for because we live in a country that has been richly blessed.