Remembering with a Purpose

By Ward Serig of Pensacola, Florida, USA

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

One rich blessing God has granted us is memory. Remembering where we’ve been is an important part of our lives. We use many things as symbols to help us remember.

One way I remember is through my collection of cups. On a trip to Canada I bought a souvenir cup from the Chi-cheemaun, a native term meaning “big canoe.” The Chi-cheemaun is the largest ferry boat on the Great Lakes.

The cup not only reminds me of the day my wife and I traveled to Manatoulin Island, it helps me remember the friends we traveled with. We visited those friends, high school classmates I hadn’t seen in years. I remember where and what we ate, beautiful sunsets, morning walks along Lake Huron, and other people, places, and events we enjoyed during our vacation.

I have cups from places I have worked, traveled, and attended school. I have a reminder from the blood bank in recognition of being a donor. I have grandchildren who remind me that I am “the world’s greatest grandfather.”

We remember who we were and where we have come from so we will appreciate who we have become. Then we take our memories and set them on the shelf, where we easily can find them, and place the future in the front of us. It is a future of hope, promise, and peace. These will be our future memories.

Prayer for Peace:

God of wisdom, we place our hopes in you. We have faith in a future of peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Embodying God’s Shalom

Each day this week find a way to express and embody God’s shalom. Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Become silent and imagine you can hear the groaning of the Earth’s peoples, nations, and creatures. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom.

What images, feelings, and words come to you? What prayer for peace comes to you from your time of listening? Speak or write this prayer. What small act of justice, kindness, healing, or peacemaking is God inviting you to consider this day, this week?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, as I keep memories in their cherished place, I will look to the future, where I can act in sharing Christ’s peace.

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  1. JORGE HAZI

     /  29 November 2012

    HOLA , ME GUSTARIA SABER SI ME PUDIERAN ENVIAR EL LIBRO DE MORMON Y EL PACTOS Y DOCTRINAS Y EL COSTO DE ELLOS. jorgehazi@msn.com

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