8th November 2017

Lest we Forget

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 10:17 (NIV)

Rudyard Kipling wrote the phrase ‘Lest we forget’ in his poem entitled ‘Recessional.’ King George V inaugurated remembrance ceremonies in 1919 to mark the dead of the Great War. The phrase can now be found on many war memorials across the globe. Kipling had strong motivation in encouraging memory of the fallen since he had lost his only son to the conflict.

Today in the 21st century there is controversy as to whether we should maintain the remembrance observances. The subject has become highly emotive in some quarters.

My personal perspective is that my father spent his youthful years in the Burmese jungle participating in the terrible conflict with the Japanese, so that I could have the freedom to sit here and write this message. For that I will always be grateful – grateful that he returned – whilst taking time to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands.

The few remaining Holocaust survivors are understandably anxious that humanity never forgets the atrocity of the attempted genocide of the Jewish people, the disabled and gypsies in World War 2. Their principal argument being if we forget – we will repeat the barbarity.

I am so thankful that there is no controversy concerning remembrance where God is concerned. The only thing that God chooses to forget is our sins. Psalm 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

God loves us in the extreme. To illustrate this, Jesus said in Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” God loves us more than we can possibly comprehend and he has promised that he will never leave us or forsake us.

We have a God who remembers us constantly. Let us be thankful.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing love despite our human frailties. We pray with one accord for your kingdom to come so that war itself can be forgotten.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net