March In, March Out, and Move On

Captain Tom’s instruction for his funeral were ‘March in, March out and Move on.’ A retired army officer, he became known during the lockdown for walking around his garden to raise money for the NHS; just before his 100th birthday he walked 100 laps around his garden and raised nearly £33 million!

In his military career, Captain Tom faced many challenges and dangers. We knew him just for a year, but in that time he earned our respect and admiration. He was a humble man, who knew who he was and knew his purpose. Even with most of his life behind him, he didn’t look back - he lived in the present and had hope for the future. He ran the race with perseverance and fought the good fight.

Captain Tom was strong and resilient. Many characters we know in the Bible had this quality - look at the lives of Joseph, Moses, Daniel and Jesus. Resilience doesn’t mean that we are immune to stressful circumstances, (which we have a lot of around us at