I haven’t really had the opportunity to sit and reflect about Remembrance Day this past year since I was busy recuperating from being sick and enjoying a wonderful camp… but I wanted to craft this post, even though it is a little belated.
I am so very thankful for those who have chosen to put themselves in harm’s way for the freedom that I enjoy today. Both of my grandfathers dutifully served in World War II, one in the Royal Canadian Signals Corps, and the other in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Many of my peers do not have relatives who have served in the armed forces. Yet, there are so many Canadians alive today who have served in Afghanistan, and Americans who have served in Iraq. In addition, Canada had significant involvement in the Vietnam War and a disproportionate influence in the First World War, especially at Vimy Ridge, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
Our Christian faith and walk operate on a similar principle. We were bought at a high price by Jesus; we are commanded thus to honour God with our bodies (1 Cor. 6:20). In the book of Romans, Paul talks about rendering our body to God as being our “reasonable service” (12:1, KJV).