We cannot deny that this year is really different from many years and not only because our church services were outside for our Remembrance Sunday. We are also in a complete different situation as years before, because of this Covid pandemic.
What hasn’t changed however is that nearly all of us here, and many others any where else, are wearing a poppy during the Remembrance Day period and on the day itself.
Have you ever asked what people do with their poppies after Remembrance Day?
It is said that every year the British legion sells about 45 million poppies, all over the UK. Over a 10 year period there should be nearly half a billion of poppies.
But, where are the poppies gone? Have you ever wondered about what has been done to all these poppies; where are they?
I can only guess they are either thrown away or put in a drawer and forgotten. Otherwise, why could the British Legion sell 45 million poppies every year.
Unfortunately, most of these poppies suffer the same fate as many people’s remembering. How often will the people remember, who are now wearing those poppies, in the next few days, weeks months, after Remembrance day what this day should do to us.
When people remove their poppy from the coat or jumper of what ever, will they remember why they have been wearing it. Or will they with the removing of the puppy at the same time remove the reason for why they have been remembering this time. Have they really understood what the poppy symbolises?
We being here together are remembered that the poppy symbolises hope in despair. It’s a symbol of God bringing hope and a future, not only to the individual, but also to our community and our nation.
By wearing a poppy may we not only remember those who had no future, but also remind ourselves that we have a future.
Wearing a poppy should be more than setting aside only a days in a year to remember and remind, but should be a symbol of the vision God calls us to take up in our future. That by our living individually, and as a community, and as a nation, we seek for what makes peace with one another and with God, through Christ our Lord.
May we be the prime examples of that, being aware of our calling to let the Light and Peace of Christ shine into this world by who we are and what we do.