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From Cedric

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I Will Not Forget...Will You?

Hi Folks, I'm the Reverend Cedric Parsons, (retired!)

I nearly forgot again! It's that time of the month to write a blog, my memory is not as good as it used to be, I went to the bathroom for something the other day, but couldn't remember why? So I went shopping it was only when I tried to talk to the cashier at the checkout that I remembered I had not put my teeth in! I'll just put it down to a senior moment. November. I got to thinking about my childhood, seems I can remember that better than what just happened yesterday, but never mind, November back in the UK. Would be cold and damp, Remember, remember the 5thof November, I would make a Guy Faulks, ready to put on the bonfire and look forward to the fireworks, my favourite being the jumping jacks and Catherine wheel and the Rockets and the Roman candle. We would remember the Gunpowder, plot and treason of Guy Faulks, who nearly blew up the Houses of Parliament. It was part of the countdown to Christmas. Celebrating an escape from a treasonable plot, by burning an effigy, a likeness, as my Guy's were rather good if I say so myself, a man burnt at the stake!

But November has another reason to Remember, not the execution of a traitor, (not that in this wonderful land of Canada you remember this historical fact) but the deaths of millions of brave men and women, not just their deaths but those maimed in body and mind, and those who put their lives at risk that we might enjoy the freedom we enjoy today, not just in the great war of 1914-18 but the 1939-45, and all the other wars since, right up to today when our armed forces seek to bring peace to a conflict somewhere in our fallen world. This year we remember, 100 years since the end of the Great War, a war to end all wars it was said. (It didn't, history proves that sad truth) I have my Poppy, a visual reminder, "lest we forget". Not that I shall, I will be in Church (St Peter's) on the 11th of November 10.00am I will stand silent at 11.00am will you? Will you be there? Will you take time in your busy lives to remember? 

And remember too another sacrifice, at the time 2000 yrs plus a few, the accusers said he was blasphemous heretic, a terrorist of sorts and tried by the Jews and Romans and not burnt at a stake, but nailed to a cross, after being beaten and flogged. Jesus gave his life that we might live and have eternal life.

Romans 5:6-8

"You see just at the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly, very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners. Christ died for us."

Many men and women gave their lives that we might enjoy the lives we have in freedom today. And this we should never, never forget. And Jesus gave his life that we might have and know forgiveness of sins and eternal life, and this we should never, never forget either.

We pray for peace on the 11thNovember, peace from what? and a cessation of war? That would be good, but peace is more than the end of war and conflict, either between nations or political enemies, or within families, true peace comes from knowing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, He, God alone offers a peace that the world cannot offer. Will you Remember this thisNovemeber?

I know I should be doing something else today, but I'll blame that on another senior moment.



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