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Anzac Day & us
I grew up in the protest era of the 60’s, when the anti-war play “One Day of the Year” was compulsory reading and the Vietnam Moritorium was reaching its peak. My dad had spent 6 years of his life in the army including campaigns in Palestine, Syria and New Guinea. So Anzac Day leaves me, and I think many of us, with conflicted emotions. My father rarely spoke of the war and never of its horrors. Being a child of the 60’s, I deeply regret never thanking him for his service or going to the ANZAC march with him. And yet there is a jingoistic, commercialisation of Anzac Day that I find disturbing. I’m so thankful that men and women gave up so much to protect our country & our families from the threat of brutal oppression, and yet so many wars seem to be fought over less noble ends, with dubious outcomes and political complications. Idealists seek an end to war believing naively the “goodness” of humanity will one day triumph. Yet Anzac Day fans again my longing for war to end too, but only when Jesus, our “prince of Peace” returns to put all things right and to bring real justice. Anzac Day for me is a complex one.
Pupil Free Day – surpasses all expectations!
God answered our prayers beyond our greatest expectations with 74 children joining our PFD ministry on Monday. This was almost 3x our previous numbers. Despite the atrocious weather, Olivia & Michael and our team of volunteers provided a wonderful program. Many many students from Gymea Bay PS joined us and all received a special take home bag of goodies including gospels and videos and church info. Thank you to those who prayed or helped!
Your brother in Christ Jesus, Graham