12th December 2012

A Brave Legacy

“Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.”
Ephesians 6: 11 (NLT)

Marie Colvin, the distinguished Sunday Times journalist, was killed in a rocket attack in the Syrian city of Homs on the 22nd February 2012. Her death was a huge shock to her colleagues, friends and of course her family. But many people she worked with have spoken about her courage and passion.  As David Williams, one of her colleague puts it, “At a time when journalism in Britain is under assault, her tragic and untimely death at the age of 55 reminds us of its real role and irreplaceable value.” He quotes her as saying; “Our mission is to speak truth to power, we send home the first rough draft of history.” Mr Williams goes on to say, “Marie Colvin never stood by when ordinary people were being murdered and maimed. Her death is a terrible tragedy, but the ultimate tragedy would be if others failed to follow in her footsteps to report on the savagery of war with such an honest unflinching gaze.” 

What an amazing example to those she worked with, and what an incredibly brave and dedicated lady she was! Her elderly mother Rosemary said that her daughter’s legacy was, “Be passionate and be involved in what you believe in. And do it as thoroughly, and honestly, and fearlessly as you can.” 

This legacy should ring a bell in the hearts of all those whose passion and goal is to make a difference in this dark and dangerous world. There is a powerful spiritual war raging all around us each day, and as Christians we need all the spiritual armour that God provides in order to survive these battles. The Apostle Paul was vividly aware of this and exhorts us to strap on our spiritual defences—notice, “Use every piece of God’s armour to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared.  In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.  Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:13-18 NLT). 

With this call to arms from Paul ringing loudly in our ears, let’s stand together, united against the darkness, like a blazing light! 

Father, please help us also to be passionate and involved in what we believe, and do it as thoroughly, honestly, and fearlessly as we can. Buckling on your armour and enduring to the end in your strength.

Study by Cliff Neill

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