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"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"
(John 15:13)




A Hymn for Remembrance Sunday  (10 November 2019)

"Today, services of remembrance will be held at war memorials in towns and villages all over the country, each with its list of names of those who died to keep Britain free from tyranny. At many of these services the hymn O God Our Help in Ages Past will be sung. It was written in 1708 by the English clergyman Isaac Watts (1674-1748) ... Watts based his hymn on Psalm 90: ... In August 1941 it was sung at a service aboard HMS Prince of Wales during the conference between Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt which created the Atlantic Charter ... On December 10, 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, HMS Prince of Wales was sunk alongside the battlecruiser HMS Repulse by Japanese bombers. A total of 840 sailors were lost: 513 from Repulse and 327 from Prince of Wales..."

Stalag XXA, Toruń, Poland  (11 October 2019)

"This year is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. My father-in-law, Jock McDonald, was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment, of the 51st Highland Division.  The 51st was called up for service in 1939 and sailed for France, landing in Dieppe in January 1940, whence they marched to St Valery-en-Caux..."



National Day of Prayer, 26th May 1940  (March 2014)

"When Britain was close to defeat during the 2nd World War, and [almost] the entire British Army was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation George 6th called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on 26th May 1940. In a national broadcast he instructed the people of the UK to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for Divine help. Millions of people across the British Isles flocked into churches praying for deliverance and [the photograph below] shows the extraordinary scene outside Westminster Abbey as people queued for prayer. Two events immediately followed..."


The Scene at Westminster Abbey,
26th May 1940
The National Day of Prayer

"The result was the miracle of deliverance at Dunkirk.  When the Nation prays in the spirit of true repentance, miracles happen (2 Chronicles 7:14)."



World War II and the Holocaust

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Poor Fools...

"Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.
Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
And their grandchildren are once more slaves."


In Flanders Fields

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.

John McCrae, MD,
Canadian Army (1872-1918)




"[T]he foe of which John McCrae wrote were not the people in the opposite trenches.
The foe were tyranny and dictatorship ... our soldiers knew this ...
Yes, we have indeed dropped the torch! Yes, we have indeed broken faith with those who died and lie in Flanders Fields! ...
and yes, we will have to bear the consequences in the years to come..."


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)


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Elizabeth McDonald