Silence: Lest We Forget

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “silence.”

Sunset over poppies field

As the lone bugler takes his place the audience goes quiet.  Until now the overall mood has been cheerful and the atmosphere one of celebration, but now the lights dim and, as the plaintive melody fills the hall, heads bow and people pause to reflect.

Finally the music dies away, and there is only silence.

A time to remember, and a time to reflect.  A time to think of those who gave their lives in the armed forces and to grieve with their loved ones.  A time to consider those currently involved in active service, and those who bear the physical and emotional scars.  A time to give thanks for courage, and to pray for peace.

A mere two minutes of silence in the noise of life, but it seems appropriate to stop and show respect.

Lest we forget.

Day 8

On five or six occasions now I’ve had the privilege of playing at a Festival of Remembrance, and it has opened my eyes to the reality of war and its cost.  Watching elderly veterans struggling to walk but determined to take their place in the muster, hearing stories from fellow band members of army life- the good and the bad, seeing war widows join the parade, expecting a group of elderly ladies and realising to my surprise that some of them looked around my age!

It seems only right to pause and be silent.

And as we do, my mind always turns to the Scripture that was read just before the bugle call:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  (John 15:13 NIV)

It points me to an even greater sacrifice- to the one who willingly laid down his life for us all, who died to bring peace, and who is the source of our only hope.

It’s important to take time to be silent and remember.

Lest we forget.

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28 thoughts on “Silence: Lest We Forget

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I wasn’t sure if you did something in America to mark November 11th or if my post would be confusing, so it’s good to know that you do mark it too. Here we call it Remembrance Day or Armistice Day.

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  1. Lesley I am so glad to be here reading your heartfelt words. This Sunday I have the honor of speaking to a group of veterans. I will be sharing the spouse side and ending as you did with Jesus. I will be visiting again to re-read your post as I practice. 💙💙

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  2. For some reason when thinking of this prompt I didn’t even consider the “minute of silence” we observe during Remembrance Day ceremonies — but it is the perfect connection to the prompt. The sacrifices our servicemen and women made (are making) for our freedom, and Jesus’ sacrifice for our souls’ freedom, are worthy of more than a few moments’ pause of course — yet those moments are still so significant. Thank you for this reminder.

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    1. Thanks, Jeannie! It’s interesting to see all the different takes on the prompts each week. Sometimes I take a while to come up with anything but this came to me straight away.

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  3. This is wonderful, Lesley, Thank you.

    Please also remember the contractors and mercenaries who went where governments feared to tread, and who lived out Housman’s words:

    These, in the days when Heaven was falling,
    the hour when Earth’s foundations fled,
    followed their mercenary calling
    and took their wages, and are dead.

    Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
    they stood, and Earth’s foundations stay.
    What God abandoned, these defended
    and saved the sum of things for pay.

    And, Lesley…some of these were my friends.

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  4. Hi Lesley! I love the thought of you playing for a Remembrance Ceremony. You would bring so much faith and fervor to the music.
    My dad was a veteran of the Army and Navy, my husband was a Marine. Veterans Day here in the States is a great way to honor them, and especially those who lost their lives in war. May all mortal tongue keep silence…
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  5. I realized that Veteran’s Day came and went without me acknowledging those, (at least) in my family who have served. My husband reminded me of the day, so that I could thank him. We get too busy, forgetting the truly important things (past, present, and future). Being silent more often should help. Late or not, I posted my thank you on Facebook because it’s never too late to say thank you.

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