In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

2014 marks 100 years since the commencement of the First World War, and this week’s remembrance events have taken on special significance. As we remember the sacrifices of wars past, our world is not without conflict today. Let’s pray diligently and mindfully.

Jesus warns us about the reality of ‘wars and rumours of wars’ in Matthew 24:6, observing that ‘such things must happen’. And William Booth, the Founder of The Salvation Army, spoke eloquently and passionately about the horrors of war.'One thing is plain - every true soldier of The Salvation Army would cry day and night to God to avert so dreadful a calamity as war.'

This week's Worldwide Prayer Meeting, led by General André Cox, invites us to remember, to pray for an end to conflict and to seek a restoration of deep, lasting peace. 

The Salvation Army in the First World War

Sue Radford investigates how The Salvation Army's leadership and members responded to the challenge of the First World War, including an interview with General Shaw Clifton (Rtd). Courtesy of the Video Production Unit, United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland.