Wednesday, 25 April 2012

This Day in History: Lest We Forget

They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, 
nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun 
and in the morning
We Will Remember Them. 
The Ode

Lest We Forget.

Today is ANZAC day. It's a day when we remember the landings in 1915 of Australian and New Zealand troops on the beaches of Gallipoli. We also remember the sacrifices of all the troops who fought to defend our freedom in the many conflicts since that day. It's also a time to remember our troops who are still serving overseas and their families. They're willingly putting their lives daily on the lines for us to be safe and free. Yes, there is no greater love than a friend lay down his life for his friends (see John 15:13). 

Find out more of the history of the ANZACs in WWI from the Australian War Memorial website 

Simpson and his donkey
Read the story behind this sculpture

At this time we can also remember the greatest sacrifice in the world that was done for us - how our Saviour gave His life to purchase our eternal freedom from sin and hell and gave us the gift of eternal life with Him. Thank you Lord Jesus for this sacrifice...Your love teaches us what love and sacrifice really are. 

There is one hymn I'd like to share with you today: 'Abide with me' 
This hymn became a great comfort to many during WWI both to our troops on the battlefields and to those back home. 

sung by Hayley Westenra

God Bless, 


April said...

Thank you for sharing this, Sarah, the Lord's gift of eternal life and the freedom He gives us in Himself is so rich a blessing.

The Lord Jesus bless and guide you!


Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for sharing this special remembrance of ANZAC Day, especially the words of 'Abide with me'. Praise the Lord that so many were comforted by this hymn during the war.

Your blog is looking lovely, too :), and the title is so fitting!

Love in Him,

Sarah said...

Dear April and Maddy,
I know this waaaaaaaay too late to answer your lovely comments, but I always think that late is better than never.

Yes, isn't God's gift of eternal life so precious. Blessed by His name!
Thanks for your encouragement.

I'm glad this post has blessed you. I love 'Abide with me'. Yes, the Lord seems to have given this hymn providentially for such times as those. I believe it was deeply inspired by the Holy Spirit.

I'm glad you liked my new blog title..guess the blog needed some changes. Yes, I felt the title was more suited to the theme of this blog. Thanks for your encouragement.
God bless always.

love in Him,

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