When the people of Israel entered the Promised Land Joshua was commanded to raise up a pillar of stones as a lasting memorial to what God had done He’d rescued them from slavery and given a secure place in which to live and prosper. This pillar would be a sign to future generations and when asked ‘What do these stones mean?’ they could be told of all God had done for them to secure their future.

During November, many will stand around monuments made of stone; they will do this to remember; remember those who have given their utmost to ensure a safe place to live for the generations that followed.

As time goes on we become more and more detached from the events of the World Wars. All veterans from WWI have now died and in the coming few years so too will veterans from WWII. The further we move away from those events the impact of them on our world diminishes too. It’s true that our Remembrance includes those who have died in other conflicts but none have a more direct impact on this country and its people than the World Wars.

So how should we remember? We should commemorate those who have stood for justice and peace in the face of evil; we should remember the cost to them and their families and communities. We should remember those communities today who face the horror of armed conflict and to encourage peace and peacemakers. We should remember those who were, and still are willing to step into the place between hatred and peace even when it costs them the ultimate price. And we should remember the cost Christ paid to secure our freedom and the example he left of ‘greater love’.

The Psalmist says; ‘[God] has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me…’ That is something to remember and to be grateful for.

As we enter the period of remembrance let’s remember, giving thanks to God for the freedom we live in and the secure future won for us.

God bless.


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