O Canada – Remembrance Day

2 Comments November 11, 2008 in Christian Life and Personal

This weekend as we held Remembrance Day services at church I was a little taken aback. I normally love the procession of the flag as service men from the Army and Royal Canadian Mounted Police make a procession down the aisle. The playing of the taps brings a sense of solemn loneliness to my heart and brings me to a place of thankfulness to God for all the men and women that have died for my freedom. The moment of silence is usually my moment of prayer not only of thanks but also for protection for all those still fighting to maintain my freedom. When we sing the national anthem I sing my heart out because I truly am grateful to God for the nation of my birth.

All that happened again this year – I loved it all, except for one thing. This year I couldn’t sing my heart out. While my heart and head were bowed during the moment of silence and I lifted my prayer up to God He revealed to my heart a new vision of His sacrifice for me. It was like a quick video played across my mind of all the Canadians who will revel in the days off of work and school taking advantage of every freedom that others have died for yet never once realizing what has actually happened. They will dishonor those who honored them by sacrificing their lives. They will walk away from the freedoms that others have died for simply to make a selfish point. Many will complain about armies, soldiers, war and the government without even realizing that without that they would not have the freedom to complain at all!

The video across my mind quickly changed setting as I saw many, many people enjoy freedoms that have been given to us because of the Sacrifice of the most perfect, gentle warrior of all – my Lord Jesus. He gave His life, but even I so often don’t live in recognition of the freedom He gave me on the cross. It is a shame and a dishonor to call myself a Christian and not love, honor and serve the one who died to give me that freedom. And so my heart broke.

Tears flowed down my cheeks as the music for our national anthem began. My heart was so moved my voice could not sound.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

 

My heart prayed as these words were sung throughout our church sanctuary. I prayed for soldiers abroad or at home and that He would give me a love and burden for them. I also prayed that there would be soldiers of the Faith who would “stand on guard for” Him – the True and Full Sacrifice.

If you are a Canadian today, please, please, please honor those who have given their lives for our freedoms and those who still live with sacrifices in their marriages, families, and lives as they serve us at home and abroad. If you are not Canadian, please spend a moment or two in prayer for our nation, our leaders and our service men and women.

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