Monday Musings 14/11/11
Last Friday, I went to IBQ (Institute Biblique Quebec) to work for the day. IBQ has kindly given me access to an office two days a week while I am in Canada. It allows me to have a change of scenery from my home office and gives me the opportunity to interact with staff and students. The other benefit, it gets me out of MJ’s hair two days a week.
Before beginning my work day, I set my phone alarm to 11 a.m., knowing full well that if I didn’t, I would get entrenched in my work and forget to remember those who fought for our freedom. Sure enough, at 11 a.m. sharp, the alarm went off. I stood up from my computer, stood at attention in the office, and remembered our Canadian soldiers, past and present. Standing in silence, I found myself thanking God for all of those who gave their lives so that we today could enjoy such freedom. It gave me an opportunity to once again thank God for my own father who served as a Canadian soldier in WWII.
For a moment, I was glad that IBQ was quiet on 11/11/11 as anybody walking by may have thought it strange that someone would be standing at attention in an office all by himself. Then I got thinking, so what if someone walked by, I should not be embarrassed when taking a moment to remember those who have faithfully served our country.
I am reminded of a blog I wrote on November 22, 2010. Here is an excerpt:
“This weekend I stayed in a hotel in Trenton, Ontario. CFB Trenton is the airbase where fallen heroes first arrive upon their return to Canadian soil.
Sunday, the friends I was with took me to the road at CFB Trenton where the repatriations begin. We followed the road to the 401, now known as the Highway of Heroes. It was sobering and surreal to follow the path of the fallen heroes. And to see houses along the way displaying Canadian flags made me feel so proud to be a Canadian!
We must never forget those who have fought for our freedom in the past. My father was one of those who left Canadian soil during WWII to defend our freedom as a nation. And we must continue to remember those who presently serve our country with distinction in an effort to maintain peace around the world. “
Until next Monday…
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