I think that most clergy find Remembrance Sunday challenging - and I think that's a good thing.
This morning I was proud of our congregation, as we met on Zoom to remember those from our church who died in the two World Wars, to hear stories about beautiful art created by prisoners of war, and to pray for peace.
I think that I have preached eighteen of the last twenty Remembrance Sundays - some of them twice as it happens. It gets no easier, always searching for something to say, always seeking to hold a creative tension, always risking getting it wrong.
One little tradition of our church is to place two poppies - one red and one white - together on the cross that sits on the Communion Table. This morning I fixed two poppies to my Welsh pew-wood cross. This felt like an important thing to so.
We remember all people affected by war, all animals affected by war, all creation affected by war... and we dare to dream of peace.