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We Remember

By Chris Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.

Silence falls across the nation as people stand and sit in quiet contemplation and remembrance. We remember the sacrifice made by men and women to give us the freedom we have today, and we remember the cost of that sacrifice to civilians and soldiers. We might also use the silent opportunity to pray for areas of the world where there is conflict today and for the innocents around.

I’ve had the duty of leading this time in many different supermarkets over the years and I have always been moved by the fellowship shown and support to each other. It is also the case that two minutes can seem a lot longer than 120 seconds when we stop the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and pause and reflect. But that’s a small amount of time out of a day to make a significant and life changing difference.

As Christians we frequently remember the greatest sacrifice of all, Jesus the Son of God, coming to earth to give up His life to pay the price for our sins. Our monthly communion meeting takes bread and juice which we eat and drink as we read His instructions to us in Luke 22

V17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said “Take this and divide it among you”………

V19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

And so, we remember. We remember that God’s love for us was, and is, so great that He made the sacrifice once and for all. He laid down his life for us as John writes

1 John 3 V16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us

So how do we respond to this? Do we give up our own lives to Him in part or completely? Do we hold onto our past in a way that holds back the future God has planned for us?

I want to encourage you today to take two minutes and to use this time to remember why His sacrifice was made (to reconcile you with God) and to sacrifice to Him every part of your life, trusting in His faithfulness and love. We remember His promises from Jeremiah 29:

V11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

We remember.

Chris Griffiths of Jubilee Church Wirral

Chris Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

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