Graham’s Weekly Message

In these first few days of June, we remember the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy: thousands of troops, hundreds of pieces of equipment, provisions of food and medical supplies; all in support of the liberation of Europe. I’m a great believer in remembering those who have given their lives in order that there may be freedom for all of us who live in the here and now. As we remember in our service of commemoration on Thursday, and offer thanksgiving for those who not only took part, but especially for those who did not return to their families, I hope that we are truly thankful as we go about our daily lives.

We should hold our freedom in high regard, as it is a value that, if lost, we would dearly miss. What we do not always acknowledge is that there are still many places in this world in which we live that do not have the freedoms that we enjoy. For example: in a month or so we will be freely going to a polling station in order to cast a vote for who will be our next member of parliament, who will sit in the House of Commons and who will hopefully remember us, the constituents, and vote for the issues that will affect us. I do not want to get into the debate of the mechanisms of voting and electioneering, but just remember that we have the opportunities to do such things.

In a similar way, Jesus Christ won for us our freedom, when he died on the cross and rose again on that first Easter Sunday. The freedom to have our sins forgiven and the prospect of a new way of life: following his commands and obeying his call. I hope that we too can make the most of that freedom as we worship and follow him.   

With God’s blessing

Revd Graham

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