by Margaret Baker; Team Vicar
In the month of November there are three occasions for us to remember.
On the 1st it’s All Souls’ Day when we remember those whose Christian lives on this earth have ended and now continue with God. It’s a day when we can give thanks and praise for the contribution that many individuals have made on our lives as individuals and as a church. I was amazed by the number of people who came to my mind as I sat and thought about it. What do we remember? Just the good? No, I guess a bit of both the positive and the negative, for one without the other would give us a lopsided vision. We don’t like to think about the bad times or mistakes that we’ve made, but that shows the reality of life and the fact that we are not perfect people; only Jesus was, however much we would like to be.
I find it very difficult when people never admit to anything being wrong; whenever you see them there is always a smile. Nothing wrong with a smile, but not from the same person all the time. We need to be ourselves and admit the mistakes or bad times we’re going through and not hide them. You know, there might just be someone around who is going through what you’re going through and you could support and encourage each other.
The second time to remember is the 5th November, bonfire night, the blowing up of the Houses of Parliament. I’m not sure why we remember this date in particular but I enjoy the fireworks just the same and the community spirit that seems to come about on an occasion like this. So let’s enjoy this time to remember, but also keep safe.
The third occasion for us to remember is Remembrance Sunday, 9th November, when we reflect on the many tragic results of wars, especially the people who lost their lives through conflict, and the desire for world peace, which is so badly needed in our world today. This Remembrance Sunday don’t let us forget to remember in our prayers especially those who have the responsibility of leadership and need to make decisions that will affect others. In the afternoon on Remembrance Sunday at 3.00pm at St Mary’s we also have the opportunity to come alongside those who have lost loved ones this past year within our parish as they come to remember their lives. Do you know someone who you would like to invite to this service?
They would be very welcome .