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Thoughts on a Sunday morning - November 14th

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  • Thoughts on a Sunday morning - November 14th

    It was a great Canadian, Lieutenant-Colonel Dr. John McCrae, a physician and military officer who penned the words most associated with the symbol of Remembrance: the poppies of Flanders Fields. Words that should guide and honour our commitment to peace and the values that made deaths such as his, valued and worthwhile in the cause for which he served.

    My thoughts on this day may be found at:
    And this are the words John McCrae wrote memorializing his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the second Battle of Ypres on the 3rd of May 1915 . . .

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    And so we pray . . .

    Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. AMEN

    Nola-Susan Crewe JD, MDiv, MA, GCTJ