There's a discussion at the moment about whether Australia and New Zealand should allow its citizens the freedom of travel between us in the near future, since our two nations are dealing with slowing down coronavirus infection rates with relative and similar success. And while the rest of the world maybe off limits for quite some time, our friends across the Tasman may be accessible to us sooner rather than later. Fancy a South Island holiday anyone?
If this were to go ahead, it would of course not be the first partnership our nations have struck. This coming Saturday is ANZAC Day; that striking commemoration of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces together during WW1. Let the familiar words of The Ode ring again in your mind:
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
As our nation's thought-life turns to the sacrifices of these service men and women over this weekend, we would do well to reflect on the ultimate act of service and self sacrifice done on our behalf; our Lord Jesus' giving of his life to secure our freedom in the war against sin and death. Let us give honour where honour's due, and be thankful.