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Friday November 15 2013

Looking Back: The End of the War

Life and Work's editorial from December 1918

The End of the War, 11th November 1918

THANK God! O, thank God! Deep has been the gratitude; seldom before the Father’s throne the outpouring of His people’s praise. “It is the Lord’s doing; and it is marvellous in our eyes.” So rapid beyond hope or dream has been the victory of our arms that people have gasped in wonder at the daily growing record of change. And in the end, when Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, one after the other, collapsed, and it was seen that the chief enemy was in the toils and must soon be overcome, it seemed almost incredible, too good news to be true. “They believed not for joy.” The horrible nightmare of four and a half years was over. Men rubbed their eyes and could hardly believe themselves awake.

But as they realise the glorious truth, tears spring forth to dim the gladness of the hour. We think of those who will never return. We grieve with the homes to which the joy-bells bring the memory of the sacrifice whereby the triumph has been purchased. Our hearts, our prayers, our lifelong gratitude are with them. But when every human sympathy is expended, we turn again look above us. Thank God! O, thank God!

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