Monthly Letter

Dear all,

A few years ago I had a conversation with an American single mother which has haunted me for years. She told of the stigma she had received from people who assumed that she only lived over here – to escape paying health insurance and to get access to housing. I was appalled as she listed off conversation after conversation where people had judged her, and even suggested she “went home.” She said she dreaded sitting in a hospital or doctor’s waiting room with her son, as that was where she had experienced the most abuse. But the story does not end there. The reason why this delightful lady did not have a husband – was the fact that she had married a British serviceman who had died fighting in Afghanistan.

As I listened to her story, I wondered just how many of her abusers had ever worn a poppy? A poppy commemorating the lives of people, just like her husband.

November is of course the time where we stop to remember those who have dedicated their lives for the sake of us all. I know some veterans say that they do not need “a day” as they carry their fallen comrades with them every day. But they are the first to agree the importance for us as a nation to stop and give thanks. Whilst the main commemorations at the Cenotaph may be somewhat curtailed – the one thing that we can all do, is stop and give thanks.

Ever-living God

we remember those whom you have


from the storm of war into the peace of

your presence;

may that same peace

calm our fears,

bring justice to all peoples

be thou our guard while troubles last,

and our eternal home



May the story of the American lady be a poignant reminder to us all, to be slow to judge, and to treat all people with respect. And on Remembrance day, let us take the time out to stop and give thanks for all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.


God Bless

Revd Shuna






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