Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day


Here in Canada we call Veteran's Day Remembrance Day. On and around November 11th we wear Poppies on our lapels and see memorial wreaths displayed in the foyers of stores and malls to remind us of those who fought and those who gave their lives to secure our freedom in this world.

I struggle with the concept of war, but they even existed in biblical times so I know God is overseeing them somehow. I would like to believe that something good comes out of every war. That God makes sure of that. But in the midst of all the bloodshed and loss, it's not easy to hold fast to that belief. But still, when we look at the bigger picture, I do see that freedom is worth fighting for. I just wish the fighting was of a more peaceful manner.

Do you ever wonder if when we get to heaven if there'll still be differences to fight for? As a fiction writer I'm forced to dream up conflicts and tension because that's what keeps the story interesting. Life would be pretty boring if we all saw things through the same perspective and agreed with each other 24/7. If heaven is full of peace, does that mean we'll be bored out of our skulls? Or will we have finally figured out how to debate and fight for what we believe in a peaceful way? 

I wonder. I really do. Do you have any thoughts on this?

Okay, so on a less perplexing note, if you look closely you'll notice that the previous two pics posted this week are within this grand finale picture of my kitchen bay window. Everything I do is a work in progress and this window took the majority of the week to do. I think I'm finally satisfied with how this display looks. Washing dishes isn't near so boring now. What shall I decorate next? The mantel? The living room? Or perhaps the front porch?

Did you decorate anything this week? And may you take a moment today to lift those who have fought for us in prayer and for us to discover peaceful ways to fight for freedom and justice in this world.
  

Surrendering to Him,

Eileen

8 comments:

Sandra Orchard said...

Interesting food for thought, Eileen. I think there will be so much to learn, explore and marvel at that we couldn't possibly be bored.

I'd suggest the front porch next while the weather's still nice. :-)

Susan Barclay said...

You think too hard! LOL. Seriously, though, I think our thinking process will be entirely different in heaven, because we will think perfectly. And we will not be bored, since God has very interesting work for us to do that is tailored to us as individuals. It's fun to think about what that work might look like.

Love the line, "I just wish the fighting was of a more peaceful manner." LOL

Loree Huebner said...

I do struggle with the concept too, that's why I'm drawn to it...and write about it.

As wrote this week - faith, hope, and love are all front and center in the lives of those during the trying times of war.

I haven't decorated yet. I did buy a few new decorations.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Hey, All:

I've got to agree that I think Heaven will be so totally different that we can't even begin to comprehend how it is while on this earth. And I trust that God won't bore us up there! LOL

It's snowing here. I LOVE it! God sure blesses me with these fluffy wonders flowing to and fro outside. I feel like a little kid. As I fidget in my seat trying to revise, I keep stealing peaks out our big picture windows. Hee hee, I just love it!

Erica Vetsch said...

When I was a kid, I was afraid that heaven would be one long boring church service stretching out into forever, and I wasn't sure I wanted to go through that. :)

Now I rest in the truth that God has promised that Heaven is wonderful, beyond anything I can imagine, and that He has the whole eternity thing under control. So I'm good. :)

quietspirit said...

Eileen:
I like your bay window.
I have come to realize that war is costly. I have has several male relatives in the military since the Civl War. But, I think it is necessary when nothing else works- diplomacy, summit meetings, boycotts all need to be tried before we invest the lives of our people in war.

Joanne said...

Love your decorations, the holidays are definitely fast approaching. Seeing your decorations makes me want to get mine out too. This week, I put out Thanksgiving decor, turkeys, gourds, tables runners, that sort of thing :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

YOur window looks beautiful!

And no, I can't imagine us being bored in heaven--not when we'll be filled with such joy. :)