I really love new beginnings. There is so much hope in a fresh start.
In December, I was thinking that my word for the year would be
To help me remember not to focus on where I am or how far I am from perfection, but instead to just keep moving in the right direction. So that’s definitely part of what I want to keep my focus on this year.
But then another word crossed my path and repeated itself several times and I know that it is what I really need to work on this year.
As we raise our children we teach them the remembrances of our culture. I don’t mean we make them memorize facts and dates and state capitols. I mean we teach them what we have learned as humans over the last 4000 years (plus or minus) . We read to them our Mother Goose Rhymes and our fairy tales and folk tales. We teach them folk songs. We tell them the stories of our family members who lived and died. We tell them how our family lived and how they died.
All these remembrances create an anchor for our children that tethers them to the past. In the rushing ever changing river of now, they have a safety. Their present and future have meaning because they can see it in the context of the past. They can overcome hardship because they know that in our family we have had hard times before, and we overcame them. Without a tether to the past, there is only the present. The past and future have no meaning, and we are tossed about by each new meme on facebook. We are touched or aghast or amused, but in the end it all means nothing if we have no tie to the past or responsibility to the future.
Jesus Christ broke bread and gave of it to his disciples and said, “This do in remembrance of me.”
He gave us an anchor, a tether that keeps us connected in the rushing river of life. Through the power of his grace we overcome the trials large and small of life. We can also overcome our own selves. We are reborn in Christ and become his children as we take His name upon us. This is why his name is “The Very Eternal Father.” Thus remembrance of Him is remembrance of family.
Remembrance isn’t just remembering. It is also doing. We don’t remembrance. We do things in remembrance of. I know this has deeper significance than I can articulate right now. It is something I want to spend a lot of time studying and thinking on this year. I am looking forward to the learning.