- Matt's Musings
One verse of the poem, “For The Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon reads
They shall grow not 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.
This poem was published just after the start of the First World War; the ‘war to end all wars’ as it became known. Today we remember those who lost their lives during that war and the Second World War and many other conflicts, including the ongoing conflict with terrorist attacks. It was not the war to end all wars.
As we remember and give thanks, it is good to know that conflict and war will not have the last word. In a month or so we will hear (maybe not sing this year) the words, “Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace” (from the carol “Hark the herald”). The carol delights in the fact that Jesus came and defeated sin, death and Satan. He did this through his own death upon the cross where he was crushed for our sins. We don’t deserve this. He died for his enemies. He did it so that God and sinners could be reconciled.
We look forward to the day when Jesus will return, and death, the last enemy will be fully and finally defeated. On that day he will restore the entire universe and there will no longer be any war; not even a murmur.
Click here to listen to a message from Matt on Remembrance Day 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of WW2.