|Posted on May 30, 2019 at 10:45 AM|
Next week, June 6th, marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion by the ally forces during World War II. It was called “D-Day” and is singled out by historians as a major turning point in the war toward victory. While highly successful in the liberation of Europe, D-Day reminds us that freedom is never free. The cost of our freedom is graphically displayed by the cemeteries scattered along those fateful beaches containing the remains of those who gave their lives. In one such cemetery is a memorial containing a statue of a soldier’s spirit ascending into heaven. The circular inscription at the base of the statue reads, “Mine have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”.
While the horrors and tragedy of war have been evident since the beginning of humanity, what is not so clear is the grace of God in the midst of such darkness and evil. In fact, many wrongly assume God is no where to be seen in the chaos and suffering of battle preferring to think of him as being above it all behind the stained glass of his sanctuary in heaven. But that is not the God of the Bible who gave his final revelation of himself through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through the spirit of his son God is in every point of conflict, suffering, and horror imaginable to humanity. He does not hide from the evil and tragedy of this world but confronts it head on with the amazing grace he displayed in the crucifixion of his only begotten son.
Because Jesus was tested in all points like us, and because he won the victory over the evil of this world, he is well able to nurture and support all who likewise suffer. There was not one soldier who died on D-Day alone. Through his Spirit Jesus received them into his loving arms and put and end to all the suffering and horror of war for each of them. Those who died on D-Day were privileged to see the “coming of the Lord” in a way we can only hope to see. The hymn, “Mansions of the Lord” written by Randall Wallace expresses the grace of God in the midst of all the darkness and evil of war…
To fallen soldiers let us sing; Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing;
Our broken brothers let us bring; To the mansions of the Lord.
No more weeping no more fight; No friends bleeding through the night;
Just divine embrace, eternal light; In the mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep; We will stand and guard though the angels sleep;
All through the ages safely Keep; The mansions of the Lord.
Whether it be through the love of comrades in arms providing protection and support, or by the supernatural comfort of the Spirit, the Lord himself is actively comforting all who suffer and brings the fallen into his mansions. God is in the very midst of our trouble. He has and will provide each one a way of escape from the evil of this world by leading us personally through it. Do not look outside the trial for relief but face it head on looking for the grace and comfort within. He will meet you there.