This week I’m pleased to announce the first international 45th Paralleler for this blog—delightful Liz Herrington, from Cambridgeshire, England, on the 52nd parallel. Liz writes:
I took this picture a few weeks ago. The moat of the Tower is full of ceramic poppies, one for every British serviceman who died in the Great War. The last poppy will be “planted” on Armistice Day, 11th November. After this, the exhibit will be dismantled and the poppies sold to support military charities.
The tide of red flowing over the grass and the walls is very dramatic. Crowds of people were gazing at it and taking pictures. It speaks of self-sacrifice and the laying down of life for others. But how much more wonderful is the sacrifice Jesus made for us! We ought to marvel and wonder at that and thank him that it has brought is into a new relationship with God.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8, NIV UK)
Liz says, “I am a Baptist local preacher in Cambridgeshire where there are a lot of churches too small to have a minister. I love preaching and I know it’s what I was put on earth to do. I’m kept very busy! My day job is as a nurse in a doctors’ practice, though I took early semi-retirement from this last year and I am retiring from it altogether at Christmas. I’m looking forward to this as an exciting change in my life.”
The 45th Parallel is a series that explores spiritual parallels in everyday sights. I invite you to email a photo you’ve taken and tell how it illustrates overcoming; forgiving; encouraging; or our relationship with God. It may be featured in an upcoming blog post!
Friend, what sacrifice have you made for Christ this week?