Dr. Claire Peterson – New Year’s Eve – “Remember!”

December 31, 2013

"But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, so that He may confirm His covenant that He swore to your ancestors, as He is doing today. If you do forget the Lord your God and follow other gods to serve and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish."  -- Deuteronomy 8:18

“Remember!”  It’s a command that occurs frequently throughout Scripture, the need for repetition ironically underscoring Israel’s continual failure to retell the deeds of the Lord, “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  And, as is often the case, we see Israel’s weakness in our own place and time.   It is no accident that we call Dec. 31st, “New Year’s Eve,” and not, “Year’s End.”  We would rather make our resolutions for the future, daydreaming about what-might-be, than dwell on—much less appreciate—the past.  And while it is certainly right, true, and indeed deeply Christian to look to the future with hopeful expectation for the time when all shall be set right, let us take today to look to the past.  Let us recall the very specific ways in which the Lord has already demonstrated His covenant faithfulness, His loving kindness, both to us and to those who came before us.  In short, let us remember how the God of the universe has remembered us. 

- Dr. Claire Peterson, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy

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