Many of us took time over the weekend to remember those who have fought in world wars. Today, we are the beneficiaries of the freedom they fought for.
Remembrance Day is always an opportunity for me to remember my father, who along with his brother, enlisted as Canadian soldiers in World War II. I still remember the days as a young boy when my father and Uncle Hubert would sit in our living room and reminisce about their experiences while serving the Canadian military in England. Thankfully, both my father and uncle survived the war and returned home.
Ironically, my November remembrance is not just one day, it lasts the whole month. Eleven days after remembering those, including my father, who fought for our freedom, my brother and I take time to remember the fateful day when our father and mother made such a premature departure from this earth. In spite of the fact that my father survived a war, he and my mother could not survive the injuries of a horrific car accident on November 22, 1979. Today, they are enjoying the prize for which God called them heavenward in Christ Jesus. For this reason, my brother and I had these words engraved on their tombstone at Union Cemetery, in Cobourg, Ontario: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).
This blog was inspired in part by the devotional I read in Our Daily Bread on November 11, 2018.
“Dr. William Wallace was serving as a missionary surgeon in Wuzhou, China, in the 1940s when Japan attacked China. Wallace, who was in charge of Stout Memorial Hospital at the time, ordered the hospital to load his equipment on barges and continue to function as a hospital while floating up and down rivers to avoid infantry attacks.
During dangerous times, Philippians 1:21—one of Wallace’s favorite verses—reminded him that if he lived, he had work to do for the Savior; but if he died, he had the promise of eternity with Christ. The verse took on special meaning when he died while falsely imprisoned in 1951.”
Sometimes what we think has the potential to bring our life to an end, like a world war, is not what actually takes us. Instead, it is the surprise of the “suddenly’s”, things that come out of nowhere or sideswipe us, that lead to our death. That’s why it is important to live for Christ while we walk on this earth. Even if we are broadsided by a “suddenly”, we gain the promise of eternity with Christ because we lived for Him while we walked this earth.”
Do this in remembrance of Jesus!
Until next time…