It is that time of the year again, a time to remember. But a time to remember what? Is this a time to remember and glorify war? A time to remember and glorify peace? A time to remember and grieve? A time to remember and celebrate? I have heard all of those and many more besides. I remember at this time of the year because I can’t not remember; but I can’t not remember all of the year.
Remembrance Day for me is a season where everyone is more like me than usual. I’m not entirely sure why I can’t not remember but I would be very much surprised if a week goes by when I don’t have the sort of feelings and memories that other folks get now. I don’t mention it as anything special just one of those things that makes me a bit different.
One of our Lectionary texts took us explicitly into remembering this week and it seemed providential that I should actually preach on the theme of remembering and Remembrance Day, which is a first for me. Apparently not a first for me only, one of the older members of one of the congregations told me that this was the first time she had ever experienced a full Remembrance service where even the sermon was concerned about Remembrance Day. I was simultaneously gratified that I was able to do this for her, she appreciated it, but sad that it had never happened for her before.
Knox Presbyterian Remember
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Remember
I hope that everyone has a good Remembrance Day. I know that what that looks like is very different for everyone and I am not here to tell anyone how they should Remember. I’ll limit myself to a quotation and an exhortation. The quotation is from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The exhortation is simply,