Steve's reflections on life

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Saved To Serve
Last Sunday, I was privileged to be at an exclusive event in Portsmouth Dockyard marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. I sat down to lunch with several of the surviving veterans and heard their inspiring and sometimes harrowing personal accounts of June 6th 1944. As part of the commemorations, several beautifully maintained vintage boats were moored to the pontoon. They were among the ‘little ships’ that took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940. Stepping onboard one of them and chatting to the owners was something I’ll never forget.

Dunkirk and D-Day were two very different events. Dunkirk was a national crisis where victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat following a national day of prayer. A third of a million soldiers were rescued from that French beach by a vast flotilla of privately owned boats. 79 years ago this week, Winston Churchill heralded it as a ‘miracle of deliverance’. It ultimately paved the way for the liberation of Europe that began on D-Day four years later.

Many of the men who were plucked out of the English Channel by the heroic skippers of those civilian boats were in landing craft four years later on their way back to France. D-Day was a stunning success and a brilliantly executed plan. 150,000 men and 50,000 vehicles were landed along a 50 mile stretch of coast by 4,000 landing craft, supported by 3,000 warships and 12,000 warplanes in 1 day. The world marks the 75
th anniversary tomorrow. Never Forget!

The Christian message has remarkable resonance with these two epic WWII events, both of which I have such a deep personal connection to. An epic rescue was carried out as Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world and a great ccollaborative mission is now under way to see the earth filled with the love and peace of God. When we accept the gift of personal salvation through Jesus, we realise we are loved by a Father who is not willing that any should perish.

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