I well remember a visit Kate and I made to the Imperial War Museum. We had gone to see the Holocaust Exhibition. I will never forget the glass box that we saw that day. This rectangular glass box was filled with hundreds and hundreds of shoes from concentration camps. Beneath this glass box was written the words of the Spanish philosopher and poet, George Santayana, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it’.
So as we gather together on this Remembrance Sunday it’s good for us to remember. Some of us may come to remember an individual, a loved one, a relative, a friend, one who’s live was taken or forever changed through war. Some of us come to remember simply because it’s good and necessary for us to remember. So as we gather we come to remember the cost paid by servicemen and women in selfless service of our country and we also come to give thanks for the freedom that their sacrifices won for us.
But we also gather to remember in the sight of God, remembering that Jesus was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice of giving his life in service of others, giving his life to win a freedom that each one of us can enjoy. Freedom from sin, condemnation and shame, freedom to be who we were truly created to be, with a purpose and a destiny that is only found in and through a relationship with God.
So as we gather today let us give thanks and remember the cost and the victory paid and won by those who have served our country, but let’s also give thanks and remember the cost and the victory paid and won by Jesus because he loves each and every one of us so very much.
With our love,
Tim & Kate
Posted on Monday, 13th November 2017