As we remember those who have died in two World Wars and other conflicts, let us not take for granted all that has been achieved for us. Many of us will wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and a reminder of the sacrifice which has been made. Let us also remember another sacrifice, which was made on a far of land - a sacrifice which was made for freedom, where a willing man was nailed to a cross and died because He loves us. In John 15:13 we read “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. John is of course writing about Jesus. As we think of the poppy, let us also think of the Cross and what Jesus did for us. Each of us can experience the freedom which He offers to us, if we only would invite Him into our lives. Henry Francis Lyte’s hymn ‘Abide with me’ is often sang at Remembrance Services, and I pray that the last verse will be a prayer that each of us can meaningfully pray:
Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.