Sunday, November 9, 2014

Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. It was originally established to remember World War I and those who fought in the war. It was on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 that the fighting ceased. That was called Armistice Day.

For the past few weeks people have been wearing poppies. The poppy is based on poppies of Flanders a region of Belgium that saw so much of the fighting. The poppies are also remembered in the poem "In Flanders Field" by John McCrae.

So today at church we began by singing Before Jehovah's Awesome Throne and then at 11:00 as the half-muffled bells were ringing we began two minutes of silence. It was very meaningful to stand in silence for two minutes and to think what it must have been like to hear silence after four years of war.

There was video shown. The best I can do is give you a link to it, here. It made me pause and thing was the fact that each of us have with us that causes war. I was reminded of the verses in James, "What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?"

The sermon this morning was a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus' death on the cross. He gave his life not for his friends but for his enemies. Because we war with God, we war this others. Jesus is death has given us peace. Jesus' death has changed the world. This is a love that changes hearts and we need a change of heart.

This is the memorial for World War I that is right here in our community.

This is one of the websites that I have enjoyed for learning information about Britain.

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