Today is Anzac day, and like all Australians my thoughts are turned to Aussies in the armed forces, firstly those who lost their lives in war, and then to the survivors and those currently serving their country.
It’s hard to imagine living the life of a soldier. It’s so much more than a job. It is an act of service. Imagine living with the danger, being willing to take the kinds of risks that soldiers face.
Now it saddens me that we live in a world where armed forces are necessary, fighting is never a good thing, but I am very grateful that there are those who are willing to put their lives on the line to keep Australia safe. What would motivate such a thing? National pride? The desire to make a difference? I think it must be love – the kind of love that puts others (even strangers) before yourself. Jesus taught that laying down your life for another is a greatest expression of love. He’d know because he did it for us. To me, that makes Anzac day a love story – a tragic heart-breaking love story, but often those are the most powerful kind.
So I say thank you, to all those who gave their lives, and those who are serving their country right now.
Lest we forget.