Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Sermons and Reflections

Memory Cares – Reflection for 12 MAY 2019

I wrote this last year after our Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday at Heartis. This was the first time we worshipped with residents from the memory care portion of the facility. I was amazed at the way in which reciting the Lord’s Prayer, the celebration and reception of the Eucharist, and the physical touch during anointing and imposition of ashes evoked a visible and invisible change in all of the participants. It was an unforgettable experience of the redeeming and restoring love of God.

As we consider today Jesus’ promise that, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand,” I take great comfort in knowing that no matter whether I know or comprehend the great or even small things of God, I am known by Him.  

An empty room
   Brightly painted
Music plays
   Gently swaying
In the distance
   Someone speaking
Joy and sorrow
   Friend and stranger
Stories form
   Swiftly fleeting
Unfinished pictures
   Hang askew
Treasures packed
   Tightly boxed
Moving in
   Or moving out
I can’t recall
 
A ray of light
   Sudden shinning
Dust motes dance
   Sunlit sparkling
People gather
   Prayers repeated
Smudge of ash
   Oil anointing
Broken bread
   And empty cup
Brilliant light
   Death defeated
Sacred space
   Our renewing
In the silence
   God remembers
Even me