Pastoral Letter - Dec 19 - Feb 20
Jesus Remember Me
Most likely, by the time this magazine is distributed, we will have remembered Armistice Day. Throughout our lives, we make memories. We choose to remember. When I arrived here from Canada in 2006, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I recall an amusing incident where she said, “I’m annoyed at someone about something, but I can’t remember what it is.” I said, “Truly you are blessed because you cannot hold a grudge because you wouldn’t remember what you were holding the grudge about and to whom.”
In the Old Testament, God remembers his covenantal relationship with Israel, and his covenant with Noah. God desires that Israel will remember the Lord their God. In the New Testament (NT), the thief on the cross asks Jesus to remember Him unto salvation. One of the most important acts of remembering is related to the Last Supper where Jesus says, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19, 1 Cor. 11:24). Also, in the NT is the significant story of the woman who anointed Jesus. Of her Jesus said, “Wherever the Gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:3-9).
As we break into the Advent Season, we remember the coming of Jesus as a baby. Peterson’s, The Message puts it this way, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood.” (John 1). I have never had a perfect memory. Yet, I trust that I will always remember the God who loves me and the Saviour who died to make me whole. Mary Louise Bringle wrote a wonderful hymn, When Memory Fades, which is included in the newest Methodist Hymnal, Singing the Faith, 621. The following include a few of her hopeful words:
When memory fades and recognition falters … O God of life and healing peace, empower us…
As frailness grows, and youthful strengths diminish … your arms, unwearied, shall uphold us…
Within your Spirit, goodness lives unfading … held in your heart, our deathless life is won!
Remembering that we are,
In His Service,