This Wednesday, on the eve of Remembrance Day, our Evensong contemplative service, on Zoom, will embrace the lives of two women from the UK: the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the World War I heroine, Edith Cavell, whose body is interred at Norwich Cathedral.
Julian recalled these words, spoken to her in an ecstatic vision from Christ on the cross:
And this word: you shall not be overcome, was said sharply and mightily, for sureness and comfort against all tribulations that may come. He did not say: you shall not be troubled, he did not say you shall not struggle, he did not say you shall not be diseased; but he did say: you shall not be overcome. God wills that we take heed at this word, and that our faithful trust be strong in well and woe, for God loves us and delights in us…and all shall be well.