You young folk……..

“You young folk don’t know how lucky you are”. Have you ever been told that? Well, it’s true. I was thinking about the sacrifice hundreds of thousands of people made during the world wars. The thought came to mind when I was listening to one of my favourite hymns. It is called ‘I vow to thee my country’. The first verse is about love for the UK and the second verse is about the Kingdom of Heaven. There are two versions I enjoy. The first was sung at the annual Remembrance Service and the second accompanies footage of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. Both make me feel extremely grateful for what others have done for me and for my country. Thank you.

While on the subject of thankfulness, I was reflecting on African American worshippers murdered at the church in Charleston, SC. It made me think of the efforts people in the USA made to ensure equal rights for everyone. We have come a long way, but there is still prejudice. I love how kids just cannot begin to understand why someone’s skin colour or beliefs mean anything. It is worth listening to, and reflecting on, the speech made by Martin Luther King in Washington DC; you can listen to five minutes of it here.

Today there was a fantastic example of trust. A deal was signed between Iran and various countries including the US, China, the UK and Germany. Are the negotiators totally sure that they have made the right decision? Well, probably, but there may be doubts. They have chosen the path of trust. In contrast, we listen to the words of fear and anger from the Israeli Prime Minister. Today was a victory for trust, and that really is positive news. I am delighted that the amazing country of Iran has been welcomed back to the global community, thanks to hard negotiating and trust.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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