For your tomorrow, we gave our today...
"The word of the LORD you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” (2 Kings 20:19)
This year Iain and Jean Murray write in their family letter..."This has been for us a year of light and shadows. We have never experienced twelve months in which so many friends have been called home -- shadows on life for us but not for them." They go on to speak of the homegoing of their close friend, Mrs. Elspeth Raynar; and of her husband:
...the late John Raynar, was one of our first friends at Westminster Chapel, sixty years ago, and when we later lived in Australia (for nine years) their home near Cambridge was almost a second home to us – a place of peace and beauty, and of John’s good library (now going in large part to the London Theological Seminary). John had served with Lord Mountbatten on the Burma border, the area now marked by the monument at Kohima, bearing those poignant words, ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’
This is an epitaph for all soldiers and mothers who give their blood and lives for others still to come.
This is an epitaph for every faithful shepherd.
One day when our Father calls him home, this would be an epitaph for that prince among men, Iain Muray, whose works have been my lifeblood, and also the lifeblood of every Reformed church officer I have ever trusted.