We Will Remember Them

“We will remember them” is a phrase often heard during the month of November each year. It is a time of mixed emotions; of joy as we think of all the good times, but also of sadness as we remember those who are no longer with us. We can think of these folk in a few different ways:

   ~ there are those who have given their lives in war, in the defence of our country

   ~ there are those who are have reached the end of their lives and old age or illness has crept up on them

   ~ there are those who are younger and have suddenly or unexpectedly died through illness or accident

   ~ but this year there is another category, for there are those who are no longer with us because of COVID-19. Each person leaves a gap that is difficult to fill.

Each of us is affected by death. We all have lost someone who was an integral part of our life and family and there is now a hole in our lives, an empty space in our homes, sadness and loss in our hearts. Death is one of those things that people do not like to think about, nor talk about, but it is the one thing from which none of us can escape. We don’t like it; we don’t want it; we don’t need it; yet it is part of life, and photographs, letters and artefacts trigger our memories. Many feel fearful, anxious, worried for they do not know what comes next, what happens when we die. They have been told that there is nothing;

~ what if that is not true?   So there is a niggle, a worry, an anxiety, a fear of death and of dying.

What is the answer? Where can we go for help?

Our help comes from the Lord God, our Creator ~

~ He is the Answer ~ He knows ~ He understands ~ He loves ~ He cares ~ He has compassion

“He is the Father of all compassion, the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles”

You see, God knows what it is to lose someone whom He loved. He watched His own Son, our Lord Jesus, die a violent, painful death on the cruel cross. In fact, it was because of God’s great love for you and for me that He gave His Son. Our Lord Jesus loves ~ and voluntarily gave His life ~ for you.

So as you remember those who are no longer with us:    

...those who gave their lives in warfare ……

...those who reached the end of their lives through old age or illness

...those who left us suddenly and unexpectedly

...those who lost their lives because of Covid-19.

Remember the Lord Jesus Who said,

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

“My peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled,

and do not be afraid”

“I am the Resurrection and the Life, he who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die”

The Psalmist knew the truth and wrote, “I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me”

This is the truth: “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”

 

Ron Brickman