At the end of last year I was deeply moved by a news article and accompanying photo which spoke to me of humanity, grief, the fragility of life and how war only ever leads to pain and death.
The photo shows a 94 year old woman from the US – Clara Gantt weeping over a coffin containing the remains of her husband, Joseph. He was an army sergeant who disappeared 63 years ago during the Korean War in 1950, and was subsequently listed as a prisoner of war/missing person. At the end of the war in 1953, returning soldiers confirmed that Joseph Gantt had been injured in battle, captured by the Chinese and had subsequently died in a POW camp of malnutrition. Only recently were his remains identified and flown back to Los Angeles for a dawn ceremony. Clara Gantt said “He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife. Sixty-some odd years and just receiving his remains, coming home, was a blessing and I am so happy that I was living to accept him.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/21/clara-gantt-weeps-over-coffin_n_4485807.html)
In the Bible, John 10:10 Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
War can never and will never bring life, joy and peace. It brings death, pain and grief and as followers of Jesus and believers in Love and another way – a way of True Peace, we must do all we can to end war and to end the manufacturing, selling and proliferation of weapons of war. While there is war we can never have life in all its fullness.