Taking Time to Remember

Melissa Overmyer

Remembering … what a lovely idea.

Pope Francis talked about it in his Tuesday morning homily last week.

It is a lost art, isn’t it?

In our slap-dash/get’er-done/ASAP/nano-second-world, remembering and the time it takes to sit and ponder the “goodness of the Lord” seems to be a luxury, not a necessity. But according to the wise those who do not “remember” are destined to repeated failures and in our hurry to get to “the next thing” we miss the blessing of the present moment and the sweetness of the graces of our past.

I personally have been on a journey of the soul that has taken me past “green pastures, still waters, and shadowy valleys” and if it were not for the discipline of daily journaling I would have missed so much that our loving Lord had for me at every twist and turn of the road.

“An unexamined life is not worth living… ” you don’t have to be a believing Christian to know that! 

The genius of the Gospel is its ability to redeem and transform even the gravest of error and somehow turn our misery into joy, our pain into gift and our deaths into life.  We are asked only to remember and to unite our selves to the One who is able to do what we cannot: take the messiness of a life and turn it into a symphony of praise for Him.

Confession is a spiritual spa for the soul. When we remember and see that our life’s thoughts and actions may not have been at their best, what an incredible gift our Savior has given to us. He does not say, “Good luck with that and better luck next time…” No, He weeps when we weep, and He sees our struggles and says, “Here, take my hand, let’s go get help.” He leads us to Himself and He embraces our sins upon His cross and He says, “Go in peace your sins are forgiven…,”the sweetest words ever spoken. He exfoliates and lathers us with His love to bring graces untold and strength to endure.

And when the test comes our way again, if we cooperate with that grace and embrace love of God over love of self or this world, we get a joyful glimpse of the jubilation of the angels in heaven if we stop and remember how far we have come. Of course, not by our own will or gumption, but by His grace and love that we have learned to tenderly incorporate into our daily lives.

Remembering is a lot like falling in love. It takes time. It takes investment. It takes looking at things from another’s perspective -- God’s perspective -- the view from the cross, the most loving perspective that an eye has ever been privileged to behold this world through. And when we see our life through that lens… we can experience the love of God we all long to run to and not from.

We must stop and take time to remember.

Topics: Faith , Reflections

Melissa Overmyer is a speaker with Walking with Purpose in the Washington, D.C. area and a volunteer with Catholic Voices USA.

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