Paul can afford to be a proud man – he is from a proud heritage, and has accomplished much. But he’s willing to give it all up for Jesus. This Remembrance Day, we honour those who gave all for us – what sacrifices are we willing to make on behalf of others?
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Our Lord, we thank you for our land of peace,
and for the sacrifices so many have made to ensure that peace.
We thank for those who, in the past, have heeded the call
to defend that which was best in our world.
We thank you for those who in the present,
have heeded the call to promote peace in far-off lands
We pray for those who were lost, for those who were scarred,
for those who still feel the sharp edge of grief.
Our Lord, you are the Prince of Peace,
and you have called us to seek peace in the world.
We know that nations have fought in self-defense
and that war, at times, may be unavoidable.
But the tragic evil that comes with war,
the slaughter of men, women and children
must rouse us to work for peace.
Our Lord, as we contemplate the horrors of war,
as we recognize the sacrifices of so many,
as we feel the inestimable loss felt by countless millions,
as we look upon the endless wars that continue in our time:
We remember. We remember in the silent prayers of our hearts.