It happens to all of us that we forget things on occasion. Last week I was forty-five minutes into my work day before I realized I forgot to brush my teeth. Yesterday I realized I did not put on deodorant. Or what about the time I locked my keys in my car while the car was running in my parents' driveway in college? We can giggle recalling the silly, little things we may forget in daily life.
But God? He never forgets anything.
The First Reading (Genesis 17:5-8) today has us returning to a story about humanity entering into a relationship with God. God saw Abram, called him out and spoke with him; a new relationship was formed and nurtured. God began to speak promises of hope and fulfillment: I will give you a new name. I will make your generations numerous and plentiful. I am establishing an everlasting covenant with you that will continue forever. I want to be in relationship with you and your future descendants.
Can you imagine what that must have felt like for Abraham to absorb such a message from God?
God shares with Abraham all these beautiful promises. In return, God asks that Abraham and future generations would observe the Law of God set before them. As we read through the many books of the Old Testament, we know that was not always the case. I think the same can be said in our own lives.
Sacred Scripture is full of God speaking promises over His children. God reminds them of who they are, their identity, and the fullness of life He offers. He constantly reminds His children Who He is and who they are, the most important truths that matter in life.
Sometimes we forget the promises of God. Life experiences may lead us to feel God is not trustworthy or that He has forgotten us. In spite of what we feel or think, God is trustworthy. He never forgets us.
God never forgot about Abraham and all those who came after. He will never forget you and me.
Will you join us in reading Risen: 50 Ways to Live Easter this year? Perhaps now more than ever we can use the encouragement for the season.
Patty Breen is a full-time lay minister who finds joy in running, strong cups of coffee, and all things Ignatian spirituality. A Midwestern gal from the mitten state, she is constantly learning to find grace in all things. She is passionate about ministry, writing, a great lipstick color, and smiling is her favorite. Find out more about her here.