“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


There is an old country graveyard near the town where I live. For years the small Clearwater Cemetery was all but forgotten and neglected. In the middle of that graveyard lies the forlorn grave of a young soldier who died six days before the end of the First World War. The decrepit fence surrounding the grave implies he was deeply loved but eventually forgotten, except by God. Some parents' son almost made it through the war. He's been dead for 96 years. Anybody who knew and loved him is gone. We can not actually remember him or the thousands upon thousands of soldiers who died in the Great War. 

They were so young (average age was 18-22 years). We can not remember them but we can be grateful for their ultimate sacrifice. American President Woodrow Wilson said World War 1 was the war to end all wars. How wrong he was. 

Twenty-one years later World War 2 began. The veterans who survived that awful war are mostly gone now too; those who remain are aged. We can remember them -- and those who fought in wars since then. 

Many of my generation's sons were killed or crippled in the Gulf
Corporal Nathan Cirillo on the left
shortly before being shot.
War, Afghanistan and elsewhere. We remember and honour them. Most recently, Corporal Nathan Cirillo (24) was killed by a terrorist while he stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.

Yesterday I came across some actual film footage from a battle of World War 1. It made me think of the forgotten soldier's grave in Clearwater Cemetery near Beaumont, Alberta, Canada. See link below. 

[Click on the image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSwGT_-WrhE for World War 1 film footage of intense battle.]

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