Remembrance Sunday isn’t the easiest of Sundays for me . . . and lots of other folks too of course. It isn’t that it triggers my combat related PTSD, I don’t have combat related PTSD, rather it triggers a wave of emotions. Emotions like regret and sadness but also gratitude and joy. I think it is the mixed bag that makes it even less easy. But, just because something isn’t easy that doesn’t mean that it isn’t well worth doing and so we have Remembrance Sunday.
It is always a temptation for me to just spend this Sunday talking about my friends who served and telling their stories to a new generation. They can’t tell their stories any more because they have moved on to the next world, to their richly deserved reward. I am especially glad at times like these that there is a Lectionary to keep me on track with Scripture. This Sunday’s Lectionary texts don’t immediately connect with Remembrance Sunday but when I spent some time with them I realized that there was an authentic connection; remembering. In the case of these two sermons I spent some time talking about how we can remember the future. No, it is not an oxymoron or a paradox or even an antimony. We can remember what is coming when we are told what is coming by a credible source.
Knox Presbyterian Remembering the future
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Remembering the future