This weekend, across the nation, people will be stopping in order to remember the ultimate sacrifice others have made. With gratitude we give thanks for the lives of service men and women who have died in order that as a nation we would continue to enjoy relative freedom and continued peace. People then will gather around cenotaphs where scripture is inscribed without knowing its context, nor indeed its ultimate fulfilment.
I leave you then with these well know words of Jesus and encourage you to meditate on them and to rejoice in them;
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:9-17)
Every blessing, Gareth