Blog by Joel Maylor-Pridmore
Within the space of this week, we have two days in our national calendars as annual reminders. One marks a failed attempt in 1605 to blow up Parliament by Guy Fawkes. The other is Remembrance Day where we reflect on the price paid by servicemen and women who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts.
The story of Guy Fawkes has sometime become somewhat of a backstory for the 5th November… Despite the old rhyme ‘Remember, remember the 5th of November,’ it is fair to suggest many often now simply think of that date as ‘bonfire night’ and an exciting opportunity for fun, food and fireworks.
The meaning of November the 11th cannot not really be lost in the same way. The nation pauses for a two minute silence at 11am on the 11th day (and the closest Sunday) of the 11th month: marking the time of the end of the First World War in 1918. This is a time of solemn reflection and gratitude rather than the rockets and sparklers of 5th November.
If we forget to remember the past, we will fail to learn from it. Thousands of years ago God instructed His people not to forget the past and we should do the same today – personally and corporately.
May we be a people who continue to tell the story of what God has done from generation to generation.
“Take care lest you forget the Lord your God” (Deut 8:11)