The importance of Remembering in November

Welcome to November, which seems to be the month for remembering. We observe All Saints Day, Remembrance Sunday, The Sunday of Christ the King, and the First Sunday of Advent this month.

For all of us, November is a chance to remember with thankfulness those whom we have influenced our lives towards faith in Christ, in all saints. Lets us remember Christ as King of the universe, and over our lives, also the first advent when God came to live among us in Jesus Christ.

And, of course, there is also our national act of Remembrance-on-Remembrance Sunday. 

As the mother of two sons who served in the Royal Marines and two tours in the Iraqi war, I never fail to be moved as I see poppies displayed in Churches and on cenotaphs, which brings me great pride in my son’s courage and commitment to their country. However, it also brought feelings of dread in me, and an uncertain future for them.

Remembrance is more poignant in our own day as the reality of war and its human cost is again apparent. There will be services at war memorials and churches across the UK. Let’s remember those who died fighting to protect us and bring peace and justice to our world, and we pray for those serving in our Armed Forces today.

Memories and remembering are central parts of our personalities and character and, in many ways, makeup part of who we are. So being remembered is very important to us, and the thought that we might be forgotten can be heart-breaking.

 I often read these verses from Isaiah to people who are feeling lost and abandoned for any reason or who are grieving the passing of years, which means that all those whom they knew and loved and who held the memories of them as younger people have died:

God says, “‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16a)

For believers and followers of Jesus Christ, the most significant act of remembering is when we come together to remember in bread and wine the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Jesus was willing to sacrifice himself on the cross to conquer the power of sin, which is eternal death – on our behalf. For Christian believers, the ultimate expression of self-giving love at the heart of God is when Christ’s hands were marked by the nails of the cross for our freedom.

“Do this in remembrance of me.”

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COVID-19 All Saints Day Nov 1 2020

Here we are again locked down, and I find myself relying on the internet more than ever before. We live in a world of instant gratification. We want it our way, right away. For example, Is your internet too slow? Get high-speed internet ! Does it take too long to put fuel in your car? Pay at the pump! Is snail-mail
really that slow? Send email . Is your fast food not so fast enough? We eat and talk on the phone in our cars. We microwave our meals, and we have overnight-express delivery of our packages! We live in an impatient world and have no desire to look forward to things to come.

But on All Saints Day, this is we confess as Christians that We look to the eternal city, a paradise of God, an eternity of rest and being with the Lord which is i l lust rated in books of John and Revelation. We may not have it yet ; however , one day, we will be resurrected and enjoy the beauty and splendour of the new Jerusalem. But for now, we walk by faith, not by sight , confessing the eternal joys of life to come while struggling in this sin-filled world of death. Halloween celebrates death and all l things dark, while All Saints celebrates the Light of Life!

Apart from living with lockdowns and the constant threat and fear of COVID-19, one great struggle we face as Christians is that we think we should have all this peace and rest right now. No waiting. We think that because we are Christians, God should bless and reward us with a lack of problems and sickness. There are assumptions that Christians should not have trouble paying their bills, with their marriages or difficulties raising their children. All the peace and joy and bliss of heaven ought to be ours immediately, instantly, and right now, and when we don’ t , we wonder what ‘s wrong. In these trying times, we don’ t feel much l like saints of God, do we? Why?

However , God identifies us as Saints and defines our life as holy. His Word tells us what ” real life” is like as a Christian and at the same time comforts those who receive this Word. “Blessed are the poor in spirit , theirs is the kingdom of God. Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and are persecuted for my sake. ” Since we’ re celebrating All Saints Day, let ‘s be very clear first of all about “saints. ” A saint is a holy person. Those who are in Christ through Holy Baptism, fed by the Holy Communion and preached the Holy Word, by the Holy Spirit through the Holy Ministry: those are the saints. You are saints. When we celebrate All Saints Day, we are recognizing that al l of us are saints in God’s sight through Christ , who lived for us, died for us and rose for us. By your confession of faith in Jesus, and Baptism into Christ makes you a saint . Eating and drinking the Sacraments by faith in Christ makes you a saint . You are being absolved of your sins makes you a saint . But saints, dear saints, are poor , mourning, harassed, hungering, struggling saints. In this life, the path of sainthood–that is, of being a Christian–is one of hardship and sorrow that does not bring with it the ” instant gratification” that our world tries to sell us. The saints described by Christ are poor in spirit . That means they have nothing to bring before God expect themselves. They have nothing to show how well off they are. They have a power ty of spirit , empty, nothing. Yet they have Christ , for ” to such is the kingdom of God. ” They mourn over their sins. They are troubled and frightened by their lack of faith, they are grieved and sorrowful because they do not live to serve their neighbours in love. Such sin causes them to shed tears of repentance. The Comforter , the Holy Spirit comforts them by delivering to them Baptism and the Word of God and the body and blood of Jesus. In the Beatitudes, in short , Jesus describes those who are troubled by sins, frightened by death, suffering for His Name, and who have nothing in themselves and their lives to cling to; rather , these saints have only Christ and the promise of His future blessings. the COVID-19 world offers us little to look forward to, but in Christ , we have a marvellous future and a hope, so let ‘s Celebrate! ! !

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