WE REMEMBER (MARTY HAUGEN)

We remember how you loved us to your death

and still we celebrate, for you are with us here;

And we believe that we will see you when you come,

in your glory, Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe

Here, a million wounded souls are

yearning just to touch you and be healed,

Gather all your people, and hold them in your heart

We remember how you loved us to your death,

and still we celebrate,  for you are with us here;

And we believe that we will see you when you come,

in your Glory Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.

Now we recreate your love we

we bring the bread and wine to share a meal;

Sign of grace and mercy; the presence of the Lord.

We remember how you loved us to your death,

and still we celebrate, for you are with us here;

And we believe that we will see you when you come,

In your glory, Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.  

See the face of Christ revealed in

every person standing by your side;

Gift to one another, and temples of your love.

We remember how you loved us to your death,

and still we celebrate, for you are with us here;

And we believe that we will see you when you come,

In your glory Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.  

 

To dis-member is to tear apart, to divide. To re-member is to be re-connected, made whole once again – to be healed. It is in remembering that we experience the healing spirit that brings life to our world. We are all ‘stories” being told each moment of our lives and we are part of a much larger story that starts, as always, at the beginning. Our story begins billions of years ago, and yet, each individual story starts at conception; the beginning. We are part of a story without end – that continues through eons and through generations. We are not isolated atoms, we are connected to one another; those in the past, those yet to come, and those still here. All stories leave much unsaid, while we look carefully for those moments, those occasions, when our stories intersect. Some of our memories are shared, but they are always unfinished. For everything that is said, much more is left unsaid – and even unknown. All of our stories are part fact, part fiction, and part mystery.

Throughout the transformation of the universe that has been ongoing for more than 14 Billion years, we begin to see the struggle, the brokenness, the explosions and pain of existence coming to be. Life and death are two sides of the same coin. The story of Jesus entering into the crucifixion is a story of God entering into the pain and loss of life; the struggle to let the old die so that the new could be born. Jesus teaches us to let go of the fear of death and our attempts to hang on to what we have at all costs. We are called instead to be open to being loved and loving in return; to enter into relationships that give life. Death is not the end – it is the transformation – a new birth into the Kingdom of God. Love is what holds it all together. God walks with us; God has come alive in human flesh and shares the pain and struggles and then shows us how to finally let go and enter into the fullness of life for which we were born.

On our journey through Space and Time, we individuals share a common birth and a common destination; the Alpha and the Omega. We are connected – all of matter, all of life, is part of God’s ongoing creation. Creation is active – it is a verb. When we celebrate the Eucharist; the Sacrament of Thanksgiving, we are thankful that we become one with the Christ – the Word of God come alive to show us the way. We can be thankful that we are in communion with one another and a community tied together by love. Communities from the size of small families, to neighborhoods, to cities and nations and finally throughout all of our world, space and time. When we come together as community, we are fed with the stories that connect us; we are healed by the presence of one another and the common meal of unity that ties us together with everything and everyone. L’Chaim.

Where O Death is thy sting? We are One in the Spirit, we are One in the Lord, and one day, all unity will be restored.

 

 

 

 

 

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