This year it is 100 years since the battle of Passchendaele.
It lasted from 31st July to 10th November 1917. The allies suffered 320,000 casualties, while the German losses where anywhere between 260,000 and 400,000. It was known as 'The Battle of Mud' - the conditions where atrocious, and the injuries horrendous.
Last weekend we were in London, and visited the Imperial War Museum. They have an excellent display on the first world war, and in particular this very battle. It brings home the true horrors and destruction of war.
Often we find wars difficult to understand and comprehend, yet still as we look around the world we still see man at war with man. Jesus calls us to be peace makers, to love our enemies and our neighbours as ourselves. As we remember those who sacrificed their lives in all past conflicts let us all try to follow Jesus’ words, that is to be peace-makers wherever we are, and show love and compassion to those around us.
Psalm 34 v 14: “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”