It is odd (maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised!!!) that we can sing a song so many times, and enjoy it, feel like we are worshipping God, yet the words never really “hit home” and have the personal impact that was intended when they were first written. This Sunday (18/03/2012) evening we went to the Holy Trinity Church in Leicester as our son was speaking, and as we sang the Hillsong “hosanna” song the words of the last verse really hit me. They are as follows:

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from here into Eternity

All of a sudden these words hit me and I felt that they needed to become my personal prayer or my personal vision. To be whole and clean, in Christ, before God; to be aware of the spiritual and the work of the Holy Spirit; to know what it is to love other people with the same love that God loves me; to see as God sees, the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the need that humanity has for Christ; and to be totally surrendered over to God, so that everything I have (including me) is his and is at his disposal.

This is my now prayer and my petition before God.

We Will Remember Them ……

Today we visited the National Memorial Arboretum, a place which I never knew existed before today. The arboretum is deliberately located in Central England in Staffordshire. This is a National Memorial to all who have made the ulitmate sacrifice and fallen in combat while serving in the Armed Forces of this country. The central monument has the names of all those who have fallen since the end of World War 2 and each year the names of those who fell the previous year are added to the roll of honour. There is no rank as, in the words of the guide, “……… in death all are equal.” There is a quietness and reverance about the place which re-inforces the imapct of the sacrifice made.

We should not and must not ever forget their sacrifice.