In this month of remembrance, which is quite different from ever before, let us wear our poppy in remembrance. Remembering is a difficult time for many, it brings us face to face with the suffering and death experienced by millions during the first and second World Wars and the millions since, in wars around the world.
In the Old Testament, the people of God, the Israelites, were forever being called by God to remember – to remember who they were, where they came from – and it was usually at times in their lives when things were going wrong.
God asked his people to remember. We remember, especially this year, that we continue to find space for personal remembrance, for gratitude to those who sacrificed so much, for renewing our commitment to justice and peace. As we wear our poppies, we remember the losses, which still feel so deeply personal to so many people.