Lest we forget

Perhaps one of the most familiar sayings in our culture is “Lest we forget”. It is bound up in our remembrance of those who have fought in wars as Australians and will be heard many times across our country this Anzac day.

Anzac Day provides us with an important opportunity to pause and reflect on the extreme sacrifices some have made on behalf of our nation. It should be a time of seeing ourselves as part of a bigger picture of national identity.

It seems that the words, “Lest we forget” were first coined by British poet, Rudyard Kipling, who was inspired by a verse in the Bible, “Take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery”.

Why is it important to remember, especially the important things of life? Very simply because we forget. That’s why events, traditions and memorials are so important for cultures to flourish. This is doubly so for Christians. Did not Christ himself leave us the Lord’s Supper to do “in remembrance” of him?

As Australian Christians this coming Anzac day, let's use this as an opportunity for prayer and reflection, as well as for the other good things our Father will give us to enjoy.