Today, 14th July, is Bastille Day, a day that now commemorates two violent events.
The first, in 1789, when the Paris fortress-prison of the same name was stormed. A symbol of all that was hated by the common French people, its capture became the turning point of the French Revolution.
The second event happened in Nice exactly one year ago today, when 80 people were killed in the far-from-noble terrorist truck attack in Nice.
But quatorze juillet, as the French call it, has another name and another far more peaceful association. A year after the original Bastille Day, the first Fête de la Fédération took place; a festival to celebrate the new unity of the French people. A day that championed peace and reconciliation.
The ancient prophet Isaiah also dreamed of peace and reconciliation. “They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks” he wrote, “Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more”. Isaiah 2:4
Wouldn’t it be great if that prophecy came true, like so many of his other writings? So that on days like today, we could celebrate everlasting peace and harmony.
All the very best,
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