Pentecost 14, Monday, Year B

Inspired by Deuteronomy 4:9-14

“But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.” Deuteronomy 4:9 (NRSV)

We all have a history. We all have a narrative that shapes our lives. We have all experienced things personally that have influenced our choices and worldviews, and we all come from a long line of people who have experienced things that have influenced them and how they have raised their children, throughout the generations. Much of who we are is inherited from the experiences of our ancestors.

It is helpful to know who and where we came from, even as we acknowledge that our past is not our destiny. While our history influences our choices and our worldview, it does not determine our future.

As Christians, we have been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. His salvific act has already been accomplished; his disciples have seen the empty tomb and the risen Christ. They have spread the word of his glory to the ends of the earth, and his story has been told through the ages. His story, the good news of his coming, has been told to us, not simply as a piece of interesting information, but as part of our own history. Jesus Christ came to save us. His story is part of our story.

God in Christ is our past, our present, and our future. Never let the sure knowledge of his love slip from your mind; let the truth of his grace shape your choices and your worldview.

Let us pray. Everlasting God, your steadfast love endures forever. Help us to recognize your ongoing acts of grace, that we may be reminded of your mercy throughout our days. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.