Well, Christmas is almost upon us and while, for many of us, it is a happy, bustling time of year full of joyful reunions and wistful remembrances, for others, it can be a very lonely and soul-wrenching time that lays wearily on their hearts. Many have lost loved ones at this time of year which makes it a time of sadness. Many carry heavy burdens all year long but find it harder to bear them as they face the bubbling anticipation around them.
It’s only been a bit over a month since Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the U.S.), and it might be a good time to “remember” again those who have represented us in other lands, trying to bring “peace and goodwill” and a quality of life to others so little blessed, and have themselves come home with post-trauma stress disorder — a pain and injury others often cannot see or even recognize.
Let’s take a few moments to remember them by listening to this moving song written by Canadian folk singer J. P. Cormier from Nova Scotia. It’s called, “Hometown Battlefield”.
Merry Christmas to all my faithful readers. May it be a joyful time and may you find a way to reach out to someone for whom it is not. Over the next week, I will be reposting some early pieces that may have been missed or were popular. I will resume posting new items in the new year.