Remembrance Day is a deeply moving occasion as people around the world stand in silence to remember the millions of people who died in the great wars of the 20th century.
The First World War ended at 11 o’clock on November 11, 1918. It was hoped that this would be the ‘war to end all wars,’ but sadly this was not the case. The Second World War, 1939–1945, was equally horrific and brutal.
Since this time, we have remembered service men and women who have died and continue to die in conflicts around the world.
These brave men and women offered the ultimate sacrifice.
In a world in which conflict, death and bereavement are daily realities, many people seek comfort, strength and hope. In a wonderful way Jesus is able to meet us at our point of deepest need. He was committed to winning a great victory, whatever the personal cost to himself. He said this, ‘Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends’. Jesus knew that he could only win life and peace for people from all nations by dying on the cross and rising again.
Remembering can be painful, especially for those who are part of that suffering. We need someone who is great enough and good enough to help us. We must never forget that Jesus is a living Lord. He comes alongside us in our sadness and through triumph, offers us comfort, strength and hope.
Canon Stephen Bradberry