March 24, 2022

Remembering

I remember the days of old, I think about all your deeds, I meditate on the works of your hands. 
Psalm 143:5
When I lived in Germany over fifteen years ago, the people of the eastern part of the country were beginning to realize that the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunion with the west hadn't been all that kind to them. And their response was a natural human one—it was a wave of nostalgia for the old DDR that they'd all lived through. This phenomenon was known by a clever new German term made up of the words for east and nostalgia: Ostalgie. Participants in the phenomenon remembered fondly some of their shared experiences, but conveniently forgot about the repression and the untruths.

When the Bible speaks of remembering, it's never nostalgia. When the psalms think of the events of the past, it is placing confidence in a present reality in which God is still active. When Mary remembered God's mercy, she was literally bringing into the world the ultimate expression of God's love. And when Jesus tells us, "When you do this, remember me," we are being called upon to actively proclaim the mighty acts of God which are still renewing creation. 

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
 Luke 1:54-55
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
As I meditate on your mighty acts in the past, O God, help me to see how you have changed my life for the better, how you are even now at work in me, and how you are re-shaping my future with your love.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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