Written by: D’Anne Mullin

One of my husband’s favourite days of the year is Remembrance Day, commemorated on the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th hour.  He takes this day very seriously and spends time reflecting on the lives lost in sacrifice to save his.

He proudly wears his red poppy, ensuring that each of us, in his family, has one to display as well.  He has attended Remembrance Day Services at the local Cenotaph to pay tribute to those who fought, and continue to fight, for our freedom today.  He ensures that on the Sunday before Remembrance Day, the church also pays it tribute and spends time praying for those who continue to work to ensure our safety.

No matter where he is on the 11th day of that 11th month he stops to pay his two minutes of respectful silence for the fallen in the 11th hour.  I commend him for his remembrance, year after year, and thank him for instilling in our family such a respect for the lives lost, and the lives that still fight, for all that we enjoy in the present.

This coming weekend will hold another Remembrance Day; November 11, 2017.  Another opportunity for us to stop and reflect on all that was done for us by people that didn’t even know us.  They laid down their lives in sacrifice so that generations of people to follow could walk in freedom.  This is mind blowing when you really stop and think about it.  They did this for us!  People unknown to them; people unrelated to them; people far removed from them.

Upon further reflection, I can’t help but remember afresh another life that was laid down for me many, many years ago.  A spotless life devoid of evil and sin.  A sacrificial life devoid of selfish ambition.  A loving life devoid of corrupt hatred.  A forgiving life devoid of condemnation.  A gracious life devoid of cruelty.  That life was Jesus Christ, who left heaven to walk this earth in order to understand the very humanity He created.  He who loved His people so much, He endured a horrid death and glorious resurrection for the sake of spiritual freedom for all who would choose to follow Him.  All this was done for us by a God who did know us before the foundations of the world! (Ephesians 1:4)

As I approach this weekend, and the Remembrance Day it holds, I will definitely pay my respect to all those who laid down their lives for my freedom in this temporal world.  For the privileges afforded to me and the security I find living in Canada.  For the ability to work and play in a land at peace.  But, I will also give greater thanks to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the incredible gift of spiritual freedom He has given me through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross and for the eternal peace I will have in heaven through my salvation in Christ.

Let us also approach our monthly times of Communion with even greater respect as we remember what Jesus accomplished on that old rugged tree.  Let our remembrance be more meaningful and reflective than ever before as we take the emblems to our lips.

“The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”  1 Corinthians 11:23-26