Remembrance Day 2022
There are times when I refer to my military career and it rather blends into my clergy career. Some would have me refrain from mentioning it but it is just who I am. On the military side of things, I am an instructor, a leader and a former medic. On the clergy side of things, I am a teacher, a spiritual leader and a counsellor/healer. Is there a difference? Canadian Armed Forces personnel prioritize service to the country, the military and their teammates ahead of themselves as a personal commitment to mission success. As military professionals, we place service before self to maximize team effectiveness (this is straight out of the military handbook). As a clergy member, my commitment is to prioritize the needs of the community ahead of personal needs in order to be a part of a team that spreads the Good News of a mighty Saviour. So again I ask, is there a difference?
We come together this week to remember and honour those who have served the needs of many, those who gave up their own lives to help others who were, and still are, living in fear and need assistance. The members of the Forces as well as those first responders in our own communities are committed to entering into situations where all others around are running away in fear. Police members making scenes safe, fire fighters rushing into burning buildings to save others, paramedics going into perilous situations to save a life. Not all make it out alive and on November 11th we take time to remember their sacrifice, we also remember the loss their families and friends endured through it all.
When you see or hear the sirens blaring, take a moment of time to say a prayer for those who are heading into harms way to help others. As the news reports on our soldiers coming alongside those suffering, lift them up and say a prayer for them. As Christians, when you see someone who is in need physically, emotionally or spiritually, why not become a spiritual first responder and come alongside them. When Jesus went to the cross, He willingly went into harms way for each and everyone of us. His sacrifice on the cross saved millions. Seems so many in this world have forgotten the sacrifice of the many (those who fought for the needs of others) and the sacrifice of the One, our Lord and Saviour. My prayer to all is that this Remembrance Day, we take time to remember those who went before us, those who continue to serve.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
This Sunday, Pastor Todd will be talking about others before self, a study of Christ’s sacrifice. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST.
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