November is a special month in our Church calendar mainly because it is a time of remembrance.
On Sunday November 5th we join together to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us and to give thanks for their lives.
On Sunday November 12th we commemorate all those who sadly gave their lives in times of war and conflict.
At these services we show our appreciation, for the love and care we received from those we have lost and for those who gave their lives in active service. It is a time of reflection and for many who attend, an opportunity to receive healing from God.
However, maybe we shouldn't limit our remembrance to our loved ones and those who have died in conflicts. Perhaps we need to spare a thought for those who have served and made sacrifices in other ways; those who have spent their lives helping others unselfishly.
Every day policemen and women are abused and attacked. Fire crews risk their lives trying to save others and doctors and nurses treat people with infectious diseases.
Here in Macclesfield there are people whose lives are on hold as they care for their dependent loved ones and many work long hours in nursing homes caring for the elderly with love and compassion.
These people are to me modern day saints. These are the ones who are following Jesus example. In the Bible we read
"Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13
We hope that you will be able to join us at our memorial services to honour those who have died and to give thanks for their lives. However, if you know someone who serves others unselfishly then maybe offer them a word of encouragement and pray for them.
May God bless you today and always,
Tim and Norma.