Steve's reflections on life

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Victory Drum
I think I was five years when we came across an old drum in the loft of our house in Worthing. My mum dusted it off and told me its amazing story. The drum was nearly thrown away that day in the late 1960’s but I was so gripped by the story that I made sure it went back in the loft where it stayed untouched for another 20 years.

When my parents moved house I made sure the drum came with me to Southampton. Now it has sat on a shelf in my props store for another 30 years. So what’s the story of the drum and why do I tell it today? In 1945, my mum was in the Auxiliary Air Force and she played that drum in a band that marched through the streets on VE Day.

My mum went to Heaven ten years ago but the tatty old drum with the broken skin lives on and retains its secrets. Today is the 75th Anniversary of Victory In Europe and the last time it was played. I have never told this story before but what it represents on a day like today feels significant somehow.

Some younger people have uncomfortable reactions to these historical events but others who are much older lived through those years and recollect the suffering, the sacrifice and the struggle. Unfortunately there is a peace and freedom that can only be found on the other side of sacrifice. Today, we need to remember that we live with the benefits of what others paid for.

Right at the centre of the Christian message we find a God who stepped into human wreckage and gave the very best of what he had to defeat an enemy that the Bible describes as the prince of the power of the air. That enemy was let loose into God’s world because of our rejection of him. Jesus died on the cross because when God’s law is broken someone has to pay.

Peace is now possible not because of an absence of war but because Christ died to disarm the powers of evil. Today is a day to be grateful for the Victory in Europe that was achieved in May 1945 but every day is an opportunity and an invitation to receive the gift of God through Jesus Christ.

In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2 The Bible)

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