REMEMBERING WITH CERTAINTY
by Tony Brewster
Some of you will have already read this in the Highworth Community Church’s ‘Contact’ bulletin. However, it was when I heard the Queens very encouraging speech, also taking us back to those ‘heady’ days in the 1940’s that I felt compelled to share this with more of you. Hope you don’t mind.
I heard this very meaningful phrase on the radio the other day, ‘We are trying to navigate through times of uncertainty.’ How right they are, but I must say that all this takes me back to when I was a lad growing up during the last three years of WW2. When the Yanks came over here to help us, the phrase ‘Lock up your daughters’ was used, mostly in a comical way. But hey, now it’s our daughters who are locking us up! I remember playing games at home with my older brother and two younger sisters; going to ELIM church on Sunday mornings,;listening to episodes of Journey into space, The Archers and Listen with Mother on the radio; having our shoes mended by my dad; helping to grow as much fruit and veg as we could in the garden and allotment; having our clothes repaired by mum who also knitted our new jumpers; going shopping with mum, and a rationing book—all these things taught us, as children, to make do and be grateful for what we had, and get it mended if it broke. Looking back, it was a wonderful period to grow up in and I cannot help but get the feeling that we could be heading for similar times. This is not to say that I want people to go without, but more so to appreciate what they now have.
Doesn’t the Bible tell us: ‘Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ‘ (Hebrews 13:5) And also, ‘Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11) And again, ‘He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.’ (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
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