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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

18 November 2015: Simon Mason, Life Church Petersfield

Remembering and Responding

November is a time to remember. 'Remember, remember, the fifth of November.....' There have been fireworks and bonfires aplenty, as we remember the failure of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plotters in their attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605. Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day occurred last week. In the town Square and at the War Memorial, hundreds of people joined together and paid their respects to all those killed in and affected by war, and the names of all those from Petersfield who have died in conflicts since 1914 were publicly read out and remembered. Last Friday the annual BBC Children in Need appeal took place, an opportunity to remember the needs of many young people around the country and to contribute to their well-being in a financial and practical way. And of course, Christmas is only just over a month away, and this is a season to remember other people through the giving of time and presents and to remember the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago.

As well as remembering, how else should we respond to what we see around us? Perhaps we should try to make more time for other people, and to be better listeners. To forgive others their mistakes and to see the best in everyone. And if we believe in Jesus, to remember him above all else, his love for us and for everybody. And also to give thanks for the opportunities we have, living in a town and a country where we can cherish peace and freedom and the ability to remember and reach out to other people.

Christmas Day Lunch (CDL) will feature in the Waitrose community matters scheme for November

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