Well, it’s November 11th, and in Australia (and other commonwealth counties) that means it’s Remembrance Day. At 11am we have a moment of silence (usually a minute) to stop everything and remember those who died in the line of duty, during war. They sacrificing their lives for ours.
Such a heavy price was paid- the lives of countless men and women. They paid the ultimate price, and sacrifice for us to live in freedom. (Always reminds me of a man who did the same for us – called Jesus. And the freedom which was availed to all who would receive. Not in our nations so much, although that too, but our very bodies, souls and spirits).
For me, as we approach the 11am mark in just few hours, I’m reminded of other things that have taken place on this day in my world. Some I definitely don’t want to remember and others that leave me with awe and wonder at how things unfold. So no matter what’s going on today (and every day for that matter), steal that moment whether it be at 11am or 3:47pm and stop a moment. To be thankful for those that pathed a way in your world, the others that sacrificed so that you may enjoy something. And breathe. Breathe deeply in the goodness that life can hold. Yep….even in the middle of hay fever 😉, responsibilities, and chaos.
So today, on Remembrance Day, I remember all those who sacrificed for me to have this life I live.
I remember the freedom I have in the country I live in was brought at high cost.
I remember, the relationship I have with Jesus was brought at high cost.
I remember the ACL I had created from my body, was done only because a surgeon paid a high cost to learn those techniques and perfect them.
I remember that the house I live in was brought at high cost( literally in Melbourne these days😉) and loaned to me on a month by month agreement, some might call it a rental. But I call it my home.
I remember the little girl born on this day, who I taught in kids church, who this week graduated from Police Academy👮(no- not the movies😂) and paid a high price to train to protect the freedom of others.
Are they all of equal weight-no. Should I be grateful for it all- definitely!
We generally don’t need to look to hard, to find someone, who did something, for our benefit. The world is crying out for us all to be more grateful and thankful for what we have and less entitled. There I said it (sorry, I don’t really pull those punches, as we just need to hear it straight sometimes. Trust me, I felt it connect in an ouch, as I typed it too).
So today, the challenge to both me and you, is to remember to be more thankful for what I have and who I am, than I was yesterday.
Can I hear a ‘challenge accepted’!
Until next time, happy Pondering
Below are a few the other photos from my visit to Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in June.