Rev Lesley Carroll
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Carnations are sweet And so are you.
And so are they That send you this
And when we meet We’ll have a kiss.
With that unmatched feeling comes a joy that anticipates all will be well with the world because love abounds. But we don’t have to live life very long to know that the feeling dissipates all to quickly or is interrupted by the raw experiences of life. This is also the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden, which took place on the night of the 13th and 14th February 1945, and it’s one of the most controversial moments in the history of the Allied campaign of World War II. Many civilians lost their lives. One survivor recounted what she saw:
To my left I suddenly see a woman. I can see her to this day and shall never forget it. She carries a bundle in her arms. It is a baby. She runs, she falls, and the child flies in an arc into the fire.
Lord, today we celebrate love and the difference it can make. But remind us too of the depth of human suffering and help us to pledge ourselves to costly love that makes the difference to all human relationships. Amen