Encouragement for the Journey
Greetings fellow Traveller
From time to time our Sunday worship falls on Armistice Day November 11, today is one of those special days.
For its significance and poignancy is recalled with deep respect and emotion.
Armistice Day, commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne, France for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1. This took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918. You may or may not know that approximately 20 million people died in World War 1.
We each have our own personal response to War and in particular World War 1. For your personal reflection I leave you with these words of Wilfred Owen: (Poet and Officer who was killed November 4th 1918 while leading his men across the Sambre – Oise Canal in Northern France.):
Anthem for Doomed Youth
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.