Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Key Verse: (15) That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.
Reflection: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This sentence was written by George Santayana in his work The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense published in 1905. There have been many variations to this phrase, misquoting Santayana: history has a way of repeating itself; those who do not learn from their past mistakes are doomed to repeat them; those who do not read history are destined to repeat it.
Memory is a big part of our Christian faith. We live each and every day remembering God’s love in creation and Christ’s faithful life, death, and resurrection. However, it is not enough only to look back and remember. We look back to recall the redemptive history of God and God’s people, only to then live in the present reality of that redemption and live a forward life to grow the kin-dom of God.
I feel a need to reflect on the seasons of our past, present, and future; in doing so, it calls us to a humble remembering. We are to recognize our own mortality in the face of God’s eternity. To acknowledge the fact that life is fleeting should lead us into a posture of humility and proper delight in the gifts of God within these seasons. God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. May we remember the beginning, live in the present, and push forward to live a life worthy of such divine reconciliation.
Prayer: God of every season, I give you thanks for the past and the present and the future, for you have been and you are and you will be forevermore. Grant us a humility to recall your gracious acts, so that we may live to glorify you. There is a season for everything, O God. Amen.
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].