People of God: awake!
The day is coming soon
when you shall see God face to face.
Remember the ways and the works of God.
God calls you out of darkness
to walk in the light of his coming.
You are God’s children.
Lord, make us one as we walk with Christ
today and for ever.
Remembering is a communal, a social, activity, attending to the maintenance of the connecting threads that run between us: “Remember the time when…?” “Yes! Wasn’t that also the day that…?” This being the case, even someone experiencing the knotted jumbling of grief—at advancing dementia, or the death of a loved one—who cannot trust their own recollections—may be held safe and secure in the loving memory-making of those committed to them.
Likewise, to remember the ways and the works of God is best undertaken as a communal activity. That is why we take part in nativity plays and carol services, and why we must find new ways of repairing snapped threads in a year when coming together in large gatherings is unloving of our neighbour. What part of the story of the birth of Jesus do you relate to most? Share your thoughts online. May be even post a photo of a nativity scene, whether handed down, or purchased, or home-made.