This year is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – a terrible tragedy that led to the loss of much human life, and which was remembered, at least in the first few years that followed it, as the “war to end all wars”.
The nature of humankind, sadly, is to compete for resources, for power and advantage. I ‘ve just finished our first Harvest Festival of three across our churches – one of the key messages at harvest is to be grateful for what we have, and to say “sorrys” for the way in which we misuse God’s creation, and also hoard more than our fair share of the world’s bounty. That’s especially poignant when we consider how much food we waste, and how much plastic we package everything in.
We live in challenging times. We need to find a way forward as a nation that acknowledges our place in a global world, however Brexit works out, and takes seriously our responsibility to work for the common good. In many ways, this needs to begin with us at home too, for it is the little things that we begin to make a difference. These smaller things begin to add up, and begin to shape the way we behave as a people.
Let us work for peace, wherever possible, amongst our families, friends and neighbours. Let us be generous and share our skills and resources with our neighbours and within our villages – not to be exploited, but to increase the common good. Let this 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War encourage us to not let things remain the same, but to work, with God’s help, for something better
Yours as always