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I- A Year of War.


I A Year of War. I Brecon Minister's Review. I CONFLICT S INFLUENCE ON THE NATION AND INDIVIDUAL. Referring, in the course of his sermon at Gla- morgan Street Chapel, Brecon, on Sunday morn- ing last, to the fact of the day having been ap- pointed for Intercession on account of the War, the Rev. T. Gwyn Thomas said that it was in a spirit of humility and gratitude they should that day review a year of war, in the light of what it had taught, and what it had called forth and al- ready accomplished. From the "international"' point of view they had seen how nations, by ac- quiescing in the policy of their rulers, had lured other nations into a false sense of security, and, responding to the summons of a mad ambition, had stooped to acts of baseness and treachery which had made them outlaws from among nations who respected themselves in respecting others. They rejoiced, however, that there was another side to the picture. They had also seen how nations might so realise their responsibility to- wards each other, and their dependence upon each other as to ensure the most absolute co-operation in the face of danger, and a noble comradeship in sacrifice, which could not fail to prove a blessing to the world. From the "national" point of view the war had revealed the nobility of nations which were pre- pared to shed their blood freely for their lands and liberties. It had brought into prominence the resolute character of a nation that was prepared to stand up at all costs for the rights of other nations against the tyranny of the aggressor. It had emphasised anew that a nation had its word to keep as a man had, and to keep at every cost and in the face of any peril, and that a, great moral call would find a fitting response in the hearts of all true men and women in every true nation, and that a nation could only hope to survive, and to realise the best that was possible for it, by being obedient to the summons of the best that it knew. They had seen anew the ennobling influence of a high comradeship in pursuit of a supremely worthy object, when the voice of faction had been stilled in the best of its people, when "none were for a party, but all were for the state." It had called forth a spirit of unexampled sacrifice, when ease, comfort, promising careers, and the society of loved ones at home had all been given up for the sake of country, and liberty and the future of civilisation. Let them hope that all this would result in a still nobler life, and make their nation more truly a people of God than it had yet become. Britain, to-day, was hated in Ger- many, as perhaps no nation had ever been hated at any previous period, because it was held that she stood, more than any other nation, as an obstacle in the way of that fantastic Egotism, and that towering and brutal ambition which despised other nations, and aspired to the domination of the Continent and the world. r A Noble Cause. I It was a noble cause for which to endure hatred. I A great French writer, in an article in the "Book of France," just published, paid a glowing tri- bute to this country's justice, and her tolerant at- titude towards others. "How could she avoid exercising a magnificent moral influence, at a time especially when another nation, formidable alike through its military and industrial power, wa-s threatening all liberty, despising all rights, tear- ing up all treaties which had become inconvenient. recognising no rule save her own will, no laws save those dictated by her appetites, her pride, her scorn or her ferocitv. From this terrific ordeal" Britain, he said, "would come forth great- er, fairer and more beloved." What had this war done for "Communities" in the land, for towns and hamlets? It had called forth an unexampled union in good works, a fel- lowship and sympathy which could not fail to re- sult beneficially upon the life of the people. The comradeship in a common cause, or common peril, and a common suffering, in the trenches and on the seas, was reflected in a whole-hearted co- operation in many-sided service at home. And what was this war accomplishing for the "individual"? Had it not done much, already, to restore a much-needed seriousness into life, and a deeper sense of the fact that they held things on condition, and that the best things were theirs, only in so far as they tried to be worthy of them? And was it not sending them all back upon that ultimate stay of all people, the personal God, who had been named; of old, the God of Battles, by those who were beset by foes of their national life, and to the Saviour of the World, who would yet, as Prince of Peace, be the supreme glory of national life and international relations. The people at home, without exception, must be more than mere readers of news, mere observers of events, mere critics of affairs. They were not to leave all the hard things to others, but be worthy of the sacrifices that soldiers and sailors were making, and the anxious and laborious days their statesmen were living, worthy of the inheritance that the God ofaheir fathers had given to them to maintain and to develop, and worthy of the strenuous and critical times in which they had been privileged to live. I Great Britain." They called their land "Great Britain." They had the testimony of men of other nations that they had done something to deserve the name. They were doing still greater things to-day to justify that honoured designation. And the "Greater Britain" beyond the seas was lending a strong hand in the valorous enterprise. That day one of their Allies was fighting per- haps the greatest battle of the war. Russia, linked with them and other nations in the supreme struggle of all time, was beset at her very gates, and defending the great city of Warsaw behind a huge triangle of rivers and fortresses, against which the enemy was hurling his iron might. They might take that phase of the conflict as a parable of the struggle which every nation must sustain, if prepared to strive for the most precious things and the noblest destiny. Sometimes the forces of evil seemed to be gaining ground, be- setting the national life on many sides, but if there were in the people the root of the matter of true national well-being, the onsets would be valiantly met, the mighty foes would be hurled back, and victory would crown the righteous en- deavour. Might God grant that there should be no set- back for anv of the champions of the liberties of the Continent, and that through this conflict there might arise a new Europe, a new Britain, in which the will of God should be the law of all the people, and just and righteous relations should subsist between all sections, brotherly love pre- vail on every hand, and the throne of Christ be set up in every heart, and among all communities of men.




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