DAY 51: Friday 8 May
REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE
May 8th – 75th Anniversary of VE Day – a day for celebration and remembrance. Join the nation in a 2-minute silence at 11:00am and then we join in virtual celebration raising a glass (or a cup of tea) at 3:00pm this afternoon. To get you in the mood, click on the following picture >>>
Last night’s full moon named ‘Flower Moon’ was so bright partly because of its current position in relation to Earth, and not insignificantly because the atmosphere is so clear of pollution and we are seeing the moon and stars with a clarity that our great, great grandparents would have seen. You have also possibly been watching the brilliance of the planet Venus, low in the western sky and that has been a remarkable sight for the past few weeks. The much smaller planet Mercury is also there but you would need binoculars to spot that just below Venus. There are indeed memorable days, or is that because in the past we were all too busy to notice? So let’s celebrate
Today is a day that has been designated for celebration. There are celebrations throughout our lives for so many reasons – celebrating the birth of a baby, celebrating academic and sporting success, celebrating engagement and wedding, celebrating life’s milestones such as Bill & Barbara’s Diamond Wedding yesterday. And celebration is always linked to remembering – yesterday’s anniversary was both for celebration and remembering.
Up until about 10 years ago, I had never conducted a funeral service. I had been involved in arranging three family funerals; both of my parents and then for my first wife, but I had never stood in front of a congregation of bereaved family and friends to conduct a service. When I did begin to conduct funerals and thanksgiving services, I was struck at how often the relatives would say to me – ‘we want it to be a celebration.’
Now for believers in God, we know that death is not the end. For the believer who has died, they have moved to a better place, free of pain and suffering. The Salvation Army use the lovely phrase ‘promoted to Glory’ which for me really sums up what has happened. Therefore, there is good reason to ‘celebrate’ for the individual who has died even though we who are left still have to deal with the sadness of bereavement. We are not celebrating the fact that they are gone, we’re celebrating what their life on earth represented and achieved and the inspiration that comes from remembering those precious times.
For the thousands of war veterans who never came home from WWII, we stand today in remembrance of their sacrifice, but we can also celebrate the victory that came through their sacrifice.
So, celebrating is part of what God created us to do – to celebrate achievement and joy, and to celebrate Father God and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God told his people held as slaves in Egypt they should prepare to leave, but even before they had left Egypt, God instructed them how they should commemorate and celebrate the forthcoming deliverance from captivity, the Exodus. This celebration still observed to this day is ‘Passover’ and is a beautiful combination of remembrance and celebration. In many respects, remembrance and celebration can be the same thing.
Exodus 12:14 - “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord
Yesterday a suggested link was sent from Iris Smith for a choir/orchestra performance I had never previously heard of. Each summer in the town of Medugorje in Bosnia Herzegovena, around 30,000 young Catholics gather from across the world for a Christian festival ‘Mladifest’. Because of Coronavirus across the world, a virtual music video has been recorded of a song that we often sing.
Perhaps before the next time we sing ‘Hosanna’ at the Chapel, some of you can learn the words in one of the other 14 languages used on the video? >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUxZpLm5Sa0
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. (Corrie Ten Boom)
Sheila is still in Good Hope having had an angiogram but is still waiting further procedures
Let’s go into today with a Hymnalong that reminds us to ‘celebrate’ >>> COME ON AND CELEBRATE
Enjoy this special Bank Holiday and remember we are still required to stay home and stay safe as we celebrate