Hymns of Remembrance - Lest We Forget

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Hymns of Remembrance - Lest We Forget

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Lest We Forget‘«™
‘«£God of our fathers known of old; Lord of our far-flung battle line; Beneath whose awful hand we hold; Dominion over palm and pine; Lord God of Hosts be with us yet Lest we forget - lest we forget!‘«ō - from Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

The phrasing is old and a little odd but the truth is just as relevant today as it was when Kipling built his poem around the words. We should not forget the sacrifices made by previous as well as current generations. We should not forget the lives laid down.
But we do forget. Memorials become monuments grief becomes history individuals become numbers. Times change and we choose to move on from sorrow and suffering. Life in its way goes on. In another beautiful poem Remember Christina Rossetti wonders out loud about the fragile relationship between grief and memory. Her advice still speaks to us today: ‘«£Yet if you should forget me for a while; And afterwards remember do not grieve:For if the darkness and corruption leave; A vestige of the thoughts that once I had Better by far you should forget and smile; Than that you should remember and be sad.‘«ō

There are no more survivors of WWI left alive today. The war itself belongs to a different age one that denied women the vote and sent preteens out to work. Of course we forget. Yet we are not incapable of remembering. The memories might not be our own but through songs like these we can inhabit the world of a century ago as seen through the eyes of faith. And it is important that we do. For all Christians know that it is often in our times of trial and suffering that we finally stripped of so many distractions learn what it is to place our trust fully in God. This final poem makes it abundantly clear: ‘«£The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.‘«ō - Psalm 34:18
When we reconnect with the type of faith in Christ that holds fast in the midst of the horrors of war we cannot help but be inspired and empowered.

Hymns of Remembrance - Lest We Forget by Various was published by Integrity Music in September 2014. The ISBN for Hymns of Remembrance - Lest We Forget is 768624029.

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Page last updated 26th October 2016
Author / Artist
PublisherIntegrity Music (September 2014)
Product Code4461337
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