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Today is Remembrance Day.

I am a child of the 1940’s. Mine was the last  Canadian generation to have  parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles directly involved in major wars. World War I and II shaped them.  World War II shaped the future generations.

My grandchildren were talking about the Remembrance Day assembly at their school. They expressed the awkwardness of the moment of silence. They  were being asked to be sad about something they didn’t understand.

At first I was shocked by the seeming disrespect.  I was more than defensive.Remebrance 3

By the next evening I had calmed down & told them a story of a little girl & her grandfather.

I talked about the many  cold November 11 trips to the Edmonton cenotaph to remember.

I shared the story of  a POW guard who brought candy & cigarettes to young German prisoners in the hope that his sons would be treated kindly if  similarly captured.

I remembered the man .  I remembered his goodness, his faith, his steadfast love of his granddaughter.  I remembered his legacy of words;  his gift of telling a story.  His story has formed mine.

My granddaughter’s words last evening were : “I cried at the assembly”.  Remembrance Day  2014 has shaped her.

Psalm 145:8 says : Let each generation tell it’s children of your mighty acts. Let them proclaim your power.

The New Century Version puts it this way.

Parents will tell their children what you have done. They will retell your mighty acts, wonderful majesty, and glory. And I will think about your miracles. They will tell about the amazing things you do, and I will tell how great you are. They will remember your great goodness and will sing about your fairness. The LORD is kind and shows mercy. He does not become angry quickly but is full of love. The LORD is good to everyone; he is merciful to all he has made.

We are all to be story tellers.

We are to Remember-Proclaim- Share .

We are to  look for the glimpses of His  beauty & grace  in the midst of  the pain.

In Flanders’ Fields  the Poppies Grow
Between the Crosses Row on Row.

Photo by Christina Ryan Calgary Herald

Photo by Christina Ryan Calgary Herald


I Am a Mother On a Mission

Telling the Next Generation About Our God.

I Want It Said

She Knew Her God

She Taught Me How to Know Him.

I Choose To


Remember – Proclaim -Share


What Is The Story

You Will Tell

The Next Generation?


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4 thoughts on “Remember-Proclaim-Share

  1. This was moving Linda, and a reminder to tell our children and grandchildren of the sacrifices their grandfathers and great uncles made for their freedom. RIP faithful, brave ones.

  2. It all seems like ancient history to our little ones, sort of like the Civil War seemed to us here in America when I was very young. We do need to humanize these important events in history so our kids understand their importance. Thanks for sending me this, Linda.