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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Judith Pollard

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November 2018

A Time of Remembrance.

This year, 2018, marks the centenary of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. At the time it was thought to be the war to end all wars. Sadly this has not been the case and since then there have been countless conflicts all over the world - and continuing.

Remembrance is a time both of national mourning and collective memory, a time to bring our shared histories to life as we seek to remember individuals, perhaps family members - military personnel and civilians - whose lives have been shaped by and sacrificed in war. There is a wonderfully evocative passage in the Bible, from Micah Chapter 4: “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees - and no one shall make them afraid.”  We may not have vines and fig trees but  you get the general picture: no one shall make them afraid to speak out for truth and justice always.

The season of Remembrance is also a time to think more broadly of those dear to us who have died, that great cloud of witnesses who wait for us upon another shore and in a greater light, as we approach All Saints’ Day (1st November) and All Souls’ Day (2nd November), also called the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Another way of describing All Saints is ‘All Hallows’- churchyards are ‘hallowed ground’ - hence the eve of this day: 31st October is perhaps better known as Hallowe’en -or All Hallows Eve, a time when heaven and earth feel more closely aligned.

As Christians we are given hope, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for us, that death is not the end, only the end of our earthly life – and the beginning of eternal life in glory. My colleague Jane and I will be holding special services at St. Botolph’s, Grimston and St. Mary’s, Great Massingham to commemorate our departed loved ones; please see parish magazines or our website: ggmbenefice.uk for details.

As a nation we seek always to value the freedoms so dearly won for us. We should always use this precious freedom wisely – many others are not so fortunate - and pass it on to future generations   in gratitude and as an enduring legacy of peace and hope.

With my love to you all in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace,

Reverend Judith


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