Remembrance Sunday 2017
This morning we were up and out early , down the hill to the local memorial in the village next to the church. Today is Remembrance Sunday, the day where we pay our respects to those who gave everything for what we have today.
The 2nd World War was a horrifying reality, not too long ago. The day is set aside to attend a memorial service. The laying of wreaths, with the same unifying message “Lest We Forget“ and “We Will Remember Them.“
God is at the very centre of these times. In remembrance, we remember that many fought with God as their Faith, their Hope and their Trust, for it is in God they trust and served. In remembrance we remember in thought and prayer. Many heroes put their trust in God in resisting and fighting against the oncoming evil of the enemy with their plan of global domination and extermination of the Jews.
Every year bar one, for the last 30 years , I have attended the memorial service at Rochdale cenotaph. This one, we can’t as we are in France. My son, Benjamin, a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers, is at Whitehall, London today. His his regiment have been selected to attend and will be televised. Well I praise the Lord for His glorious timing. I thank my friend the owner of the cottage where we are stopping in that she has arranged for a tv and digibox to be installed whilst we were out yesterday.
So after walking down to the memorial here this morning, it means that we can now watch the memorial ceremony on the TV and watch out for my son. Already a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and others.
Many millions of New Testaments and gospels were given out at training camps. One of the pictures above is of a little book of “The Gospel according to Saint John“. A pocket book given out to servicemen, with a message from the war hero, Lord Roberts. Hymns were included at the back so that chaplains could hold services in the field. They were designed to be carried in the front pocket of a uniform, the edges rounded to prevent creasing.
In Gods Word, many soldiers, sailors and airmen found peace when they were afraid, strength when they were under pressure and comfort even in the face of death.
“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become Children of God.“ John 1:12.