We will remember…
Today is Remembrance Sunday. It’s an opportunity to consider those who have put themselves into the front line, and made a sacrifice for the benefit of others. A day to remember that we have had times of real conflict and hardship – with people having to persist and see it through, even when it all seemed dark.
And yet, earlier in the year, we celebrated VE Day. It was a time to celebrate that those dark days did, indeed, come to an end. There were new challenges to face, and it wasn’t an end to all suffering, but it was an end to that chapter.
This year all that carries extra significance. There is a new struggle, with new heroes putting themselves on the front line. Too many have already made the ultimate sacrifice – we hope and pray that we will see an end soon.
Today is the first Sunday back under a form of “lockdown.” Having had a brighter summer, we now have a period in which our role is to be safe and wise, only doing what is essential. It’s tough. It could feel like a removal of liberties; it can bring new worries. But we will remain strong. Remember that we have a certain hope. Remember that God made you, and loves you.
So as we choose to remember the fallen from conflicts over the last century or more, we continue to look forward. Their sacrifices were to enable a future; they were part of a hope and a bigger purpose. The challenges we face are not pointless, they also have a purpose. We are part of something bigger than ourselves – all we have to do is play our part.
Over these next weeks, be wise. Don’t ask “what can I get away with”, rather ask “what is right.” And there will be a victory. Stay strong, stay safe and look forward. Look forward together, with God.