The ransom for a life is costly

10 05 2011

Wootton Bassett : the town that remembers was screened on BBC 1 and 2 last night.  It was a poignant, deeply respectful look at how an ordinary Wiltshire market town deals with the repatriation of soldiers from the war in Afghanistan.  If you missed it, I recommend that you catch it on BBC iPlayer this week.

The people of Wootton Bassett do not argue for or against war but, as a former mayor explained, offer support to families in their grief and take the opportunity to reflect on the impact of the loss of a life both on the family and the wider community. 

As I watched, I was reminded of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 49

“No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him—  the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—that he should live on for ever and not see decay.”

Ultimately a soldier’s sacrifice, even of his life, cannot put us right with God.  Our destiny is a God deal…and it cost him everything.

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