Remembrance

‘Lest we forget’ is a common phrase around 11th November. It is found on memorials and at the entrances to memorial gardens. The problem, of course, is we do forget. During the 100 years since the end of the First World War, the full horror of which was only realised as troops returned, we have put aside the memory in order to carry out further necessary wars to bring peace and safety. Britain has been involved in a war in every decade of 20th Century and the two decades of 21st Century. The phrase ‘Lest we forget’ comes from a poem by Rudyard Kipling, ‘Recessional’. (He took it from Deuteronomy 4:9. KJV) If I have understood the poem correctly, Kipling was concerned that in our thirst after power and might, we forget we are accountable to God our creator. His concern was that drunk with our success, we forget the One we should hold in awe and reverence. This Sunday people will stand at memorials and remember, praying and hoping for peace. In a few weeks we will be celebrating the incarnation of the Prince of Peace. We have a gospel to proclaim: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save it through his own sacrifice. We have a future to look forward to: God living with his people. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ (Rev. 21:4)

11/11/18

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