A DAY OF REMEMBERING

Isle of the Liminal — Where Remembering…

Exodus 12:1-14

Do you have any days
set aside
for remembering?
What are those days?
What is it
you remember?
The Exodus Story
is a story of a happening.
It is a story of remembering.
Altars,
cairns,
monuments,
holy days,
national days,
holidays —
all these are about happenings
and are days
set aside for remembering.
My birthday is August 9.
Cherie’s and my wedding day is May 1.
Shannon was born May 25.
Our son, Joel,
was born September 16
and died October 28.
My first Sunday at the
Geyserville Christian Church
was January 16, 1994.
Remembering is a vital part of living.
Sometimes it is not the date
that is so important
as is the place where
the thing remembered
occurred:
a first date,
the coming of an idea,
a place where many times
our hopes are wrapped like
little presents in our past memories
as gifts to our present.
At this table
where we share Communion,
where we eat and drink,
together,
in this time,
in this place
we remember another time,
another place,
another happening —
Jesus’ blessing of bread and cup and friends
at a meal that was itself
a remembering
of a long-ago meal in another time,
with another people,
in another place —
where we are told
time itself began.
What are the rememberings
you bring
to this time,
to this place,
to this table?
What has happened to you
that is sacred
enough
for remembering?
as gifts to our present.
At this table
where we share Communion,
where we eat and drink,
together,
in this time,
in this place
we remember another time,
another place,
another happening —
Jesus’ blessing of bread and cup and friends
at a meal that was itself
a remembering
of a long-ago meal in another time,
with another people,
in another place —
where we are told
time itself began.
What are the rememberings
you bring
to this time,
to this place,
to this table?
What has happened to you
that is sacred
enough
for remembering?

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