Lest We Forget
In a few days we will, once again, gather at the Memorial Garden on Camposol A to remember all those valiant men and women who gave their lives for their country in the many conflicts around the world and over the centuries. It is a great privilege for Wellspring Church to have been asked to lead this service.
On 11th November we will gather and with heads bowed. We will give thanks to each and every one of those who lost their lives and for their unselfish faithfulness.
The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11th November 1918 and since then time has marched on and further battles have taken place. Each of these battles is now remembered on what we often call Poppy Day. Whether the battle was long lasting or short, with great loss of life or not, every life lost is precious to someone. The memories continue on and this annual service is our opportunity to give collective thanks for individual lives lost in service to their country.
Our memories and our sadness will be mixed with thanksgiving to God for their sacrifice and the knowledge that because of their obedience to the call we can live in greater safety and peace.
Wellspring Church will also meet, as we do every week, on Sunday 15th November and will observe the two minute silence. Part of our weekly service is to remember the sacrifice God the Father made when He sent His only son to earth that He, Jesus, might be the supreme sacrifice for all people.
John 3:16 tells us:
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The sacrifice of the brave men and women who fought for their country did so that we might have physical peace in our lives.
Jesus came that we might have spiritual peace; that is peace with God. The Bible tells us that all mankind has fallen short of the standards God sets for His people. Everyone has sinned, whether we have lived a life of good deeds or not, we can’t, by ourselves, achieve the standard required, but the good news is that Jesus came to pay the price for my sin and yours. No matter how far short we have fallen from the glory of God, Jesus made a way for all who will accept this amazing gift of eternal life to receive full and everlasting forgiveness. This brings assurance of eternal security with the Father.
As you remember and give thanks this year for all those brave people who died serving their country, whether in uniform or civilian, will you also give thanks to God for His Son Jesus who came to earth for you and me. Jesus willingly went to the cross to die for all who would accept Him and now He stands at the right hand of God ready and willing to speak on our behalf and show to the Father the scars of sacrifice which buys our place in the Kingdom.
If you want to know more about this wonderful Saviour who bought us peace with God, why not join us any Sunday at 11am. We meet in the room above Trevi Bar, Camposol B and you will be made very welcome.