From the Minister’s Desk
The country celebrates and commemorates 100 years since the end of the end of World War 1. No doubt there will be many events held across the country in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us to enjoy the liberties we now have. There is something creative and helpful about memories, and the emotions that they may or may not evoke, as well as special events which are well intended.
Friends, if on the other hand, the intention of the events aimed at commemorating and remembering the significance of the other’s sacrifice, do not continue to embolden and engender a desire for lasting peace, then all the sacrifice of the men and women who gave up their lives, or came back to empty homes, or challenges they had not envisaged, in an effort to defend the weak, would have died in vain.
We are called to live as members of the human race, all of us with the same wants, desires, needs and dreams. Therefore, we ought to strive to work together for peace and justice in our world, lest the sacrifice of others was for nought. In these past hundred years, we have no doubt learnt about the cost of war. The loss of lives, dreams, potential and possibilities. I invite us all to reflect and meditate on the words of Jesus to his disciples during his farewell teachings to them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14.27
Lord, strengthen our hearts, hands and minds, to work together for peace;
to see you in one another, and to seek your kingdom above all things;
that your will may be seen to be done, and your Kingdom come,
through Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords and King of Kings. Amen
The Revd Charity Nzegwu