Day 9 - December 11, 2017

Remember

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.”

In a poem by Stephen Dunn, “The Vanishings” he speaks to how our memory goes “the way of iceburgs come summer.” Take a moment to recall the phone number of a friend or the way to spell awkward words. Have those vanished? We might find we value the convenience of checking our phones or spell check more than the work of recalling, the effort of remembering. 

Burgers can be purchased cooked and with grill marks; so you can just heat and eat; in such a reality of convenience, what is work? What do we taste then when hurriedly seated with family and friends? We taste the convenience. What then is the shared memory? 

Hard work is good; if it is a challenge, a celebration, an intentional moment—the outcome gives rise to a memory. We learn; we remember. 

As we step, in heart and spirit, with Mary and Joseph, with Shepherds and the Wise, all in their long journey to the stable, with no convenience at hand, let us step too in our own life; valuing the work at hand in the every day, in the time to prepare, to give our effort, our thought, our prayer. May we be greeted by the star guiding and the rejoicing of angels; may we shine and sing within the good work itself. 

In preparation for your Son, Gracious God, be with us in our work, make ready our spirits to enliven our bodies and minds to do the work we are called to do in your name. May we step forward and accept your will for work to be done; your guiding light and the songs of the angles to carry us through. Amen.
 
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