We remember again this weekend all those who have died or been injured in warfare since the First World War. This year our remembrance is particularly poignant as it is the 100th anniversary of the three month Battle of Passchendaele, with the final assault taking place on 10 November 1917. For many, the name Passchendaele symbolises the ‘Great War’ in one word – horror.
A few years ago Gill, David and I visited Ypres and toured several of the Battle sites. What was especially striking was the very productive, peaceful and beautiful countryside, interspersed with so many manicured war cemeteries, all in the place of such horror.
Each year we repeat the promise that “We will remember them”. The calendar helps us keep this promise, unless, of course, we have a more personal connection. The astonishing reality is that God is continually remembering and thinking of us. One of the most remarkable passages in the Bible is Psalm 139v17,18: “How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with You”. Michael Wilcock writes that “In the context, the countless thoughts of God in verses 17-18 are His thoughts about me, the incredible detail with which He has made me and keeps me going, my body and my mind, my psychology and emotions, my circumstances and relationships”. You and I are continually in His thoughts – Jesus promises to be with us always (Matthew 28v20) and He “always lives to intercede for” us (Hebrews 7v25). Truly amazing!
Peace and Grace