This month, we remember the outbreak of the First World War, 100 years ago this year, in 1914, and particularly to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, people all across the world will keep silent for 2 minutes, to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women.
But, what does it mean to remember? Is it simply about not forgetting, of keeping history in our minds? Or to reminisce about the sufferings of people, whether in the past or in current conflicts, so that we feel thankful or awful?
Remembering, at least for significant events, should be so much more than that. Dustin Crowe speaks of remembering his wedding anniversary (to my shame, I forgot our first wedding anniversary; I think that lets my husband off remembering anything, ever again!); how this is so much more than a simple mental acknowledgement, or even the act of buying flowers, but a chance to renew the promises made on the wedding day, and to celebrate and feel afresh the love that two people have for each other.
So, we remember war in Europe and elsewhere, not just to give thanks for the bravery of others, but to change the way we live today. To remember how communities and groups of people pulled together to make a difference, and then to think about how we can contribute to our local area. To remember how fear and mistrust of people in different ethnic groups, especially during a time of economic hardship, led to war and the holocaust, and then to work to get to know our neighbour and build friendships with people who are different from us, based on understanding and respect.
‘Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ Luke 10 v 36-37
Thanks to Saxilby Primary School
On 7 October I led the Harvest assembly, where we gave thanks to God for all the good things in our lives that then enable us to give generously to others. The children were amazing, especially since they hadn't met me before. Thanks to mums and dads for your generous gifts of food. After the assembly two church members took it, along with food from church members, to the Nomad Trust. The Trust help the homeless in Lincoln We've received a lovely thank you letter from them; and I believe the school has received one too.