Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

This past week­end, dur­ing Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies, peo­ple around the coun­try re­mem­bered the sac­ri­fice of oth­ers.

Each year we are in­vited to con­tem­plate both hero­ism and hor­ror, as the sto­ries which are told re­mind us of acts of in­di­vid­ual brav­ery, but also high­light the hu­man ca­pac­ity for cru­elty.

The civil rights cam­paigner, Mal­colm X, re­marked that “his­tory is a peo­ple’s mem­ory, and with­out a mem­ory, man is de­moted to the lower an­i­mals”.

Some­times it is easy to re­mem­ber events but there are times when time passes by and events be­come harder to re­mem­ber.

Some­one who un­der­stood this was an ad­mi­ral from the First World War called Ad­mi­ral We­myss. He was due to sign the peace treaty that would bring about the Armistice but was sup­posed to wait un­til it was an­nounced in par­lia­ment.

He dis­obeyed and signed the treaty at 11am on Novem­ber 11 for two rea­sons – to save lives but also be­cause he un­der­stood this would make the date mem­o­rable. The re­sult was he ended up los­ing his pen­sion, but we con­tinue to re­mem­ber the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Re­mem­ber­ing is at the heart of the Chris­tian faith, as com­mu­nion is at the heart of wor­ship for peo­ple of all Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions. It re­minds us of sac­ri­fice – the sac­ri­fice of Je­sus so that we can be for­given. When this meal was ini­ti­ated by Je­sus He un­der­stood how easy it would be for us to for­get and so He gave this holy aide mem­oire.

When you next see a cross or per­haps if you are at com­mu­nion re­mem­ber it too has been given “lest we for­get.” Wil­liam Wil­son Burn­side Blair­beth Church

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