2018 marks another milestone in the story of ANZAC, and of the Australian Defence Forces.
This year, the anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli coincides with the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux where an intense battle was fought to end German occupation of the French town.
Australian troops played such an integral role in the fight to win back the village that the Australian flag still flies over the town hall, and school children vow to ‘Never Forget Australia’.
“Freedom comes at a cost, only possible in the crucible of selfless acts of bravery and personal sacrifice.” Haydn Parsons
Haydn Parsons is a Community Chaplain with the Churches of Christ in QLD, and an Army Reserve Chaplain to the 11th Brigade Enoggera.
He asks what lessons can be learnt from the ANZAC spirit and from the values for which the Australian military stands? How can we incorporate values such as courage, initiative, teamwork and sacrifice into our daily lives?
Haydn believes a huge lesson we can learn from the ANZAC’s is courage and compassion – to act and make a difference in the lives of others.
“Nothing has ever been changed by people who cared merely about themselves. The world was made better only when ordinary people, seriously invested their lives in the service of the greater good.” Rob Frost
In this message Haydn unpacks some messages from Micah 6:8.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God. (NIV)
Haydn believes this is a call to act justly in our community, helping those who need it, defending the weak, protecting the vulnerable, honouring the elderly and leading the young.
Listen to the full message from Haydn in the podcast player at the top of the page.