Sunday, 13 November 2011

"For your tomorrow, we gave our today."

Today is Remembrance Sunday, and the service in church was focused on remembering those who fought and died for the freedom of the nations that we live in.

I'm thankful for the sacrifice of those who went before me, who gave their lives so that I could grow up in freedom. Who gave all of their tomorrows so that I could see today, and live safely and freely beyond it.

I liked the Act and Prayer of commitment that we spoke at the end, which reminded us that our God is not a god of war, but a God of peace. He does not revel in the "glory" of war, taking sides and trading pieces like an enormous game of Risk, but is (I assume) saddened by our inability to be peace-builders and forgivers, mourning alongside the families of the fallen on both sides. I'm thankful that God is like that.

Act of Commitment

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men and women; that we may help, encourage and comfort others and support those working for the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations.
Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humanity, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope, and keep us faithful now and always. Amen.

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