While you’re enjoying barbeques and parties with your family and friends, please take a moment to remember all those who have died in wars serving their countries around the world. Winslow Homer’s The Veteran in a New Field (painted in 1865) came to mind when I was trying to choose an image for this occasion. Homer’s painting shows a veteran of the American Civil War, freshly returned home and still partly in uniform, putting down his weapon and picking up a scythe to mow a field, echoing Isaiah 2:4:
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Let everyone remember those who have died in the past and vow that no more shall die in war in the future. May no nation “lift up sword against nation” or “learn war any more.”