Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | November 2, 2019

The Strong Word – November 2019

 

Richard Of York Gained Battles In Vain…such a sentence enables me, and many others, to remember the colours of the rainbow. Maybe you have your own way? There are similar ways to remember the order and the number of planets between the Sun and Pluto! Useful jogs to our memory.

As we move into November, remembering is usually a significant factor in our nation and churches, culminating on the 11th with public Acts of Remembrance at 11.00am when silence is respected in many places.

All this, with the poppy worn by most during this time, is a help to us remembering the sacrifice made by many in two world wars of the last century, as well as other significant wars since. We recall men and women who gave their lives, and some their health, so that we can live in peace.

Remembering is important as it gives meaning and purpose to our today. I suppose like me, when you hear of the latest fighting in the world, or hear our Politicians speak, or note the behaviour of neighbours and friends, not forgetting our own attitudes and actions, we realise we do need to stop to remember the sacrifice of others.

As Christians we regularly remember the sacrifice of Jesus who counted his life as nothing but gave himself up to death on a cross so that our sins, our wrong thoughts and deeds can be forgiven and the community in which we live in has the chance and hope of a better future. A person once observed to me, it is necessary to become a Christian every day!

Every day we must remember what Jesus has done for us, what he is doing and align our lives with him through prayer, our Bible reading and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It was Jesus who said, “greater love has no one than this, that they should lay down their life for their friend” John 15.13.

May we truly remember, and may it make a difference to our today, and the today’s of those around us.

 


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