Do you sometimes ignore things that don’t interest you ?
I must have passed the pictured cannons hundreds of times before I finally paid close attention to them, a couple of weeks ago.
They are exactly two hundred steps from my house, and yes, I counted the steps !
Since they were used for fighting and war, I tried my best to ignore them.
But, with all the violence and demonstrations going on in various parts of the world lately, I asked the local historian why the neighbourhood cannons are there.
There was a fierce battle that took place in our neighbourhood in 1704 !
Apparently, French forces attacked, wanting to destroy our town.
The historian was unsure of the reason for such aggression, nevertheless, a big battle took place here.
An Englishman, Michael Gill, rallied the townspeople, who defeated the French invaders. Our area remained under British Rule.
And thus, the cannons remain, as a symbol of English victory.
I thought perhaps the community might want to move them; perhaps we should hide symbols of war and aggression.
No, it is best to keep the cannons.
History cannot be re-written. It is filled with countless wars and battles. Human Nature is fallen, and frail. The cannons are a reminder of that. God knows exactly how weak and flawed we are, but he loves us.
However, as we come to know the Lord, our fallen nature changes.
When we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, we grow to become increasingly Christ-like in our thoughts and behaviours.
The building in the photo is Canada’s oldest standing wooden building. It was built in 1714 (approx) as a fish storage building. Today the upstairs loft is used in the summers as a yoga studio.