Magazine article Anglican Journal

Remembrance Day 2013

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Remembrance Day 2013

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When we talk about love, what do we mean? Because love is not an emotion. It's an action--not a noun, but a verb. Real love--true love--involves sacrifice. Sacrifice. That's the essence of maturity, isn't it? When we are immature, we fight only the fights we think we can win. When we are grown, we fight--even hopelessly--because it's the right thing to do.

Our soldiers don't go to plant our flag permanently in foreign lands; they never have. In our latest conflict in Afghanistan, we didn't seek to turn the Afghan people into little Canadians. It wasn't to impose a Canadian value system upon them. It was to restore their God-given right to determine those matters for themselves.

Did we win? Like all the big conflicts of the past, we always fight to win. Did we win?

I don't know. It's too early to tell.

I do know that we lost some really good people. I do know that there are now empty chairs at tables, children without fathers: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations missed. Whole lives unlived. Families devastated.

Was it worth it? I don't know.

But I do know that there are some people--hopeless before--who now know that a small group of foreigners, from faraway, loved them enough not just to pray for them or speak words of encouragement to them, but who were actually willing to die for them. …

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