Wednesday 11th November 2020
Good morning all – How are you today ? I hope you are coping with it all – such a difficult time for so many. But be sure that we WILL get through it – it’s what we do in tough times. We struggle, yes, but we also grit our teeth and get on with it. And should we find ourselves struggling – then it is no shame to ask for help. None of us is infallible – we all need help at some time or another.
Today, of course is Remembrance Day – 11th November – the day we Remember those who faced the ultimate struggle – that of life and death – in war and conflict around the world.
From the Trenches to the desert – from the jungle to the Sea and in the air ; Europe, Middle East, Far East and pretty much all points in between there have been wars, conflicts, confrontations – skirmishes, encounters, engagements – all resulting in injury, death and devastation for so many.
It’s a horrible and depressing thought but it’s the stark reality of war.
But today we do not glorify war – but rather, we remember and pay tribute to those who paid the price, made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
And we cannot thank and praise them enough.
But what of those who came home?
How do they cope with the memories, the flashbacks and the images which play in their heads like an old movie on a continuous loop – night after night?
Thankfully there are many organizations now who offer counselling and care to Veterans – such as Combat Stress, Help for Hero’s and many more – all doing great work.
Many, myself included, get spiritual support from our faith and God’s Words to us – as we find it in the Bible.
Listen to these verses – and these are only a few of encouraging verses there for us.
“Have I not told you? Be strong and have strength of heart! Do not be afraid or lose faith. For the Lord your God is with you anywhere you go.”
“I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.”
1”Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.”
2nd Corinthians 4:v’s 16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
1st Peter 5:v7
“Cast all your anxiety on God, because He cares for you.”
As God’s love for us, God’s Word to us – brings comfort to those in combat – it is also a great comfort to us, in our troubles, our fears and our anxieties – in all our Spikes and lock downs.
I’d like to read a Poem, written by –
Dr Tim Chester – Pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire ~
And let it be our Prayer ~
“O Lord, we look upon the past,
rememb’ring those who went before
who heard the call and bore for us
the brutal, bloody face of war.
We think of them and think of you,
who came to earth as one of us,
to share our pain and bear our wounds,
and make the final sacrifice.
O Lord, we look around today
and see a world in conflict still.
We pray for those who strive for peace,
who stand for truth or lives rebuild.
We weep with those whose hearts are scarred,
whose way is tough, whose hope is weak.
To refugees whose homes are lost,
God of comfort – comfort speak.
O Lord, we look ahead in hope
to see the dawning of the day
when swords are beaten into ploughs
and every tear is wiped away;
When wounds are healed and fear dispelled
and all who trust in you arise;
when Christ, the Prince of Peace, has come,
and all His glory, fills the skies!”
Put your trust and your faith in the Great God of Peace, Love and Hope – and you can be absolutely sure that He will not fail you.
Jesus says to us “I will always be with you – I will never fail or forsake you, never.”
Comforting words for troubled times…
Now, the 11th day of the 11th Month, let us take a few moments in silent tribute for those “who gave their tomorrow, that we might have our today: –
……….short time of silence…………
As we remember today those gave their lives for us – let us also Remember that God’s own son, Jesus Christ, gave his life for you for me…
“Greater love has no-one, than this – to lay down one’s life for their friends…”
Why not take some time this week to Reflect upon the many Blessings that God has so lovingly and so faithfully, given to you over the years…?…
Take care and may God bless You and your loved ones.
And please – keep safe.