8th November 2020

Remembering…

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)

On November 11th or the nearest Sunday to that date, the world stops to remember the fallen from warfare.  In Britain it is called Remembrance Sunday. It is a sombre occasion marked by local and national parades and a two-minute silence at the 11th hour, commemorating the First World War armistice.  The poet Rudyard Kipling, who himself lost a son, wrote a poem entitled ‘Recessional’ in which he penned the line “lest we forget”.  The phrase has become synonymous with global acts of remembrance and is featured on many war memorials.

It is ironic, is it not, that humanity, though each year remembering the sacrifice of millions, still cannot find a way of peace?  The apostle Paul declared in Romans 3:17 “and the way of peace they do not know”. Remembering sacrifice is not enough to sanction peaceIt is right and honourable to pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice – but does it bring peace?  What have we learned for the future in these acts of remembrance?  The psalmist had the answer when he wrote in Psalm 34:14 “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”. 

Wars begin in hearts and minds.  Our human memory is short lived, we move on too quickly from remembering. For those bereaved by conflict this is not possible, but for the rest of the population, they get on with their lives – and forget the price of peace.  God beseeches us to turn from evil and do good – to actively seek peace.  How can we seek peace?  The place to begin is with the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ.  The prophet Isaiah used His name in Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Our acts of Remembrance need to be combined with a fervent desire to seek the Lord Jesus Christ and His will.  God does not forget the promises He has made concerning us “He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,” (Psalm 105:8).  Those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice have a future because of that promise.  We, the living, need to remember not only them but also the Saviour of all mankind.  It is He who will finally bring lasting peace to a war-weary world.

Prayer
Great Prince of Peace, we thank you for the sacrifice you made for us, we thank you for the hope it gives in a world which of itself has none.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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

Local Congregation:
Gracecom 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: watford@gracecom.church

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