Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | November 8, 2014

The Strong Word – November 2014

 

Early November is always dominated by Remembrance Day. At Carey we will join the many throughout the nation who remember those who made the supreme sacrifice, that of their lives, during armed conflict. This year it is 100 years since “modern” warfare began. Recently the media has taken it upon itself to go into great detail about World War I in particular.

The reality always comes home when individual situations are high-lighted. A few weeks ago I was with a family to discuss a funeral. The lady who had passed away was born in 1935 in Poplar, East London, aged just 5 her father was killed in one of the first German air raids on London. She spent the next few nights in the air raid shelter at the bottom of the garden, with bombs dropping all around, and neighbours and friends losing their lives. Her home itself was bombed out in late 1940, and the remaining family evacuated to Wellingborough.

I was confronted earlier in the year by a similar situation. A lady had never known her brother, because he was shot on the very last day of the First World War. One wonders, what could have been in that family if the truce had come one day earlier?

The above stories, and many like them, make us wonder at the futility and waste of War. If only we could learn the way of peace. God himself must be sad and sorrowful because we are not able to live with our brothers and sisters without fighting. We live at a time when Wars and rumours of Wars abound. So as we stand for 2 minutes silence, may we not just remember but pray that others will also remember and work for peace.

Individually we may not be able to save the world, but in the place that we live and amongst the people we meet, we can be peacemakers. We can share peace and show love and genuine care, with the help of the Lord himself in our lives. It is not a once a year thing on 11th November!

Make me a channel of your peace O Lord… may this not just be something we sing but may it be our prayer and aim, so that the horrors we remember may not be repeated, ever.

 

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