Weekly Feature

2018-11-07 / Lifestyles

On Veterans Day, remember service to others


This column arrives between the Sunday when many Christian congregations celebrated the feast of All Saints’ Day and the day when the United States remembers all those who have served in our armed forces on Veterans Day. Veterans Day this year is particularly significant because it is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

It occurred to me that both of these occasions call on us to remember people for the way that they have lived out what they believed, or to put it another way, for the sacrifices they made for those things that were important to them.

On All Saints’ Day, we remember people who lived out their faith. Some of the people we remember are well known martyrs and others who died or suffered for their faith, but we also remember the people in our lives who lived out their faith in ordinary ways in their day-to-day lives. On Veterans Day, we remember those who served our country and who gave of their time and their abilities to defend our nation.

All around us there are people who are giving themselves for the benefit of others. It seems to me that it is a particularly good time to take a look around us and see all of the people around us who do just that.

One of the most popular hymns for All Saints’ Day in the Anglican church is “I Sing A Song Of The Saints Of God,” written in England at the end of the 1800s.

The last verse seems to me a good rallying cry for us today: “They lived not only in ages past, there are hundreds of thousands still, the world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will. You can meet them in school or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea, for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one, too.”

Vicki Zust, Rector

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Clarence

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