This morning I drove to the Taber cemetery for a renewed view of the Pro-Life benches. They are symmetrically placed on both sides of a plaque-covered monument on which are the names of people who have passed from this life. The entire resting place speaks of fond memories and hopes that some day we will see and hold loved ones who are no longer with us.
In a news world filled with images of destruction, war, commotion, contention, hate and misery, it is comforting to be reminded that even in a cemetery where reminders of death are marked everywhere, there are words of life that help lift our spirits.
Today, when many believe that good is evil and evil is good, where bombasticism, threats, divisive rhetoric, retaliation, vengeance and loudness abound, people long for a time and place of peace. Ironically, for many a cemetery is that place. Rather than remove or destroy that which has brought solace into the hearts of grieving men and women, let’s retain it.
Let us build up, not tear down; let us honour that which is good, not dishonour it; let us be the first to console and the last to condemn. Compassion and kindness should be our guiding principles in a world where conflicting voices attempt to drown out those which call for civility and respect.