Orbit Nov 2017

REMEMBRANCE

November is a month of remembering and remembrance. My first remembering of the month is November 5th; my brother’s birthday and bonfire night. No, his name isn’t Guy.

 

I remember so well all the fabulous parties he had on his actual birthday, every year, and still does at the age of 73! I remember making a guy from Dad’s old clothes and stuffing it with newspaper, taking it to Elton Road where all the Rams supporters and away fans funnelled across a bridge to go to the Baseball Ground. I made loads of cash for fireworks, asking for a penny for the guy. I remember being in the kitchen with Mum pulling and twisting yards of sugar to make toffee and dipping apples in molten sugar for toffee apples ready for the party.

 

 

 

 

My second remembering is Armistice Days of the past.   My Mum worked at Normanton Barracks and, as a child, we used to go there for the Armistice Day parade.   They were wonderful and colourful days to remember especially as the day before, I would go with Mum to help Ram Corporal George bath L/Cpl Derby, (the Ram), in front of the fire in the NAAFI.

 

 

 

 

In later years, I remember all the parades I attended as an Army wife, (I was known officially as w/o 24422681).   Some were very emotive and special, particularly in the years when we lost friends who were serving soldiers in Ireland, Belize or the Falklands.   Every Remembrance Parade was followed by a curry lunch to which everyone went.   Mixed emotions.

That is all about ‘remembering’.   What about ‘remembrance’. There is a difference.   I am going to reflect Marilyn’s sermon here. We remember beautiful and pleasant things as well as sadness and horror.   They are events that have gone forever, but still live with us; sometimes bringing a warm glow and sometimes fear and unease.   Those events have gone and cannot be changed. We have lived with them and through them.

Nobody in my family died in action during the two world wars.   All the men were miners, railway men or worked at Royce’s.   My Dad was in the RR works in Handel Street when it was bombed and my Mum missed being machine gunned as she crossed a yard at Bemrose’s.

The Act of Remembrance is still very important to me.   I remember and learn.   What have I learned?   I have learned that the Court of King James was one of the most decadent, licentious, religion intolerant and corrupt courts that this country has ever had.   No wonder someone wanted to blow them all up!   We celebrate that? We have, (just about) learned to protect our nation from allowing that sort of power to prevail again.   We have learned, (well that’s questionable) as a world that we should group together as countries to protect and aid weaker countries under threat from the big bullies.

 

he true November Act of Remembrance is giving thanks and remembering the millions who gave their lives in conflict for us. Remembrance is joy and tears through remembering.   Tears from remembering is absolutely fine.   But then, in addition to that, (to paraphrase Marilyn), look at those memories through the rear view mirror of a car car and learn from some of the pleasures and horrendous mistakes we as individuals and as a world have made.   Then, take a look through the windscreen to the future and our destiny and destination.   The destiny is assured and the destination is the end of the road we –   3   –

have yet to travel.   Use the knowledge learned through those memories, the love of God and the life Jesus gave us to guide us to the future.

We will remember those who fought for us and give thanks for the tremendous sacrifice they made for us, without underestimation of the price they paid. Every time we take communion, it is an Act of Remembrance, where we look back at the sacrifice Jesus made and then pray that in the future, we can learn to live and act as He wanted us to do and as He commanded. We look to the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray that in the future we can live more like Him and in Remembrance of Him.

We will remember them

Judy Flack, (former w/o 24422681)

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Below is a painting by Judy which is appropriate to include at this time of year and links up very well with the above and future meditation on the meaning of remembrance and remembering

The true November Act of Remembrance is giving thanks and remembering the millions who gave their lives in conflict for us. Remembrance is joy and tears through remembering.   Tears from remembering is absolutely fine.   But then, in addition to that, (to paraphrase Marilyn), look at those memories through the rear view mirror of a car car and learn from some of the pleasures and horrendous mistakes we as individuals and as a world have made.   Then, take a look through the windscreen to the future and our destiny and destination.   The destiny is assured and the destination is the end of the road we have yet to travel.   Use the knowledge learned through those memories, the love of God and the life Jesus gave us to guide us to the future.

We will remember those who fought for us and give thanks for the tremendous sacrifice they made for us, without underestimation of the price they paid. Every time we take communion, it is an Act of Remembrance, where we look back at the sacrifice Jesus made and then pray that in the future, we can learn to live and act as He wanted us to do and as He commanded. We look to the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray that in the future we can live more like Him and in Remembrance of Him.

We will remember them

Judy Flack, (former w/o 24422681)

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