From Ben – 24 April 2022

This weekend is ANZAC weekend where we take time to stop and remember brave men and women who fought and gave their lives in the two great world wars and other conflicts that have so sadly disrupted world peace in recent history.

This will be a particularly important ANZAC weekend for 2 reasons; firstly with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions which had caused the cancellation and restriction of gatherings over the past 2 years, this year many will relish the opportunity to attend and display their well-earned medals and those of their beloved relatives. A second reason that makes this ANZAC so relevant is the current war between Russia and Ukraine. Who would have ever thought that in 2022 we would be witnessing the horrors, suffering and devastation caused by a conventional war involving a world super power? We have all been deeply saddened by the media images and reports that confront us daily in this David and Goliath conflict.

As Christians we need to pray earnestly for a negotiated peace agreement. We need to give all the help we can to those we may know who are disaffected. Let us also remember that there are young men, fathers and loved ones on both sides of the conflict. Behind many of these soldiers are parents, partners, children and dependents. Let us pray that hatred, killing and destruction would soon come to an end.

This conflict is yet another reminder to us of the effect of sin on our world. Sin brings division and conflict. You may ask in despair, “Is there a way out? Will things ever change?”

We as Christians are people of faith and hope in Him who is the Prince of Peace. Let us look to Him and place our hope, not in a broken world, but in the resurrected Lord who will soon bring in the new heaven and new earth, the home of righteousness.

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