April 2011 Reflections

EASTER EDITION

 

April marks two significant events - Good Friday and Anzac Day.

For some people they may represent little more than an opportunity for a few days welcome break and a chance

for a holiday before the last of the autumn weather disappears. For our children it means the excitement of the

Easter Bunny and gifts of eggs and other chocolate goodies. For others they have important religious and

historical meaning. Both days are surrounded by notions of courage, suffering and a preparedness to die for

beliefs.

In our modern society with all its comforts and opportunities, it can be hard for most of us to imagine giving up

our lives for a belief and sacrificing for others. The legacy of  the men and women of the Anzac tradition

 have lessons for all of us. Although church attendance continues to decline, we see growing numbers of

young people attending the dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance and the Anzac Day march. Perhaps this

reflects the reality that we have many more Australian soldiers fighting in far away places and risking their lives.

Many Australian families have now experienced the injury or death of a loved one who has not returned from

Iraq or Afghanistan and more will face this loss in the future. We have seen the terrible impact of war on the

Anzacs, the soldiers in the 2nd world war, Korea, Vietnam and other places. Many of our young men and women

have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are still trying to recover and return to a normal life.

This can be a time for us to think about our values, to consider what type of people we want to be and how we

want to live our lives. It is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to be glad for the things we

have and to focus on our relationships.

Holiday periods can be a time of joy when we get to spend time with people who matter to us, but for some

people in our community it can highlight the fact that they are alone or not able to be with friends and family. If

the Easter period has brought up some personal issues for you, it may be useful for you to consider having some

counselling to help you talk about these.

 

Please contact me on 0438 855328 if I can be of assistance.