Jun 5, 2014

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MEDITATION: To keep remembering

MEDITATION: To keep remembering

And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to the rest (Luke 24:8-9)  

I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering your promise (Ps 119:148)

Often in the Bible when people are in danger of despairing and losing their faith they are encouraged to remember.

To keep the memory of God’s work, also of God’s promises, awake and alive in their lives.

Already in the Old Testament we hear how Israel is called to take heed and remember, lest they forget the things which their eyes had seen (Deut 4:9).  Also much later, after Jesus’ death, when the women arrived at the grave sad and dejected, they were told: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how He told you when you were still in Galilea…” (Luke 24:6-7)

And then we read: “And they remembered his words…” (Luke 24:8)

What we then notice is how they returned from the tomb with new faith and enthusiasm and even – so one can almost imagine – a new sparkle in their eyes to tell all that they had seen and experienced.

Also how it all suddenly made sense and concurred with Jesus’s words and promises that he shared with them earlier (Luke 24:6-7).

Recently during a quiet day a woman movingly shared how the Biblical stories and the promises they entail, help her to cope with crises in her life.

In her words: “Often at night I wake up with fear and anxiety. It is almost as if the dark voices in life speak more loudly and threatening in the middle of the night. In these moments I consciously recall the Biblical stories and texts that I have learnt and memorized over the years – pieces of scripture which have always consoled and strengthened  me in times of need. In fact, similar to the psalmist, I stay awake all night, prayerfully pondering God’s promise (Ps 119:148). In this way I quiet the dark voices and allow God to lead and console me.”

To remember can indeed help to restore our faith, just like with the women at the grave and also later the men from Emmaus (Luke 24:32).

But then we need to heed to the Biblical stories and testimonies of new hope and life amidst darkness and death. We should regularly read them, reflect on them and allow them to become part of our lives.

Carel Anthonissen

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