"I remember, I remember, the house where I was born, The little window where the sun came peeping in at morn," is the start of a poem by Thomas Hood. It's a poem I recall from my childhood and one which has always stuck by me. Not that I was born in the house of my childhood, Ipswich hospital had that experience; nor did the sun come peeping in at morn as the sun didn't get to shine on the little window. But some things stick in your mind and this poem has stayed fresh in my mind for probably 50 odd years. The mind is a funny thing and what we recall can change over time. Some memories are really positive moments in our lives and others are ones we would like to forget but can't. Remembering is important. We use the memory of events to register their significance. Events are not isolated but fit together to form a whole picture, the picture of our lives. Remembering allows us to learn from the past or help decide the future. We remember at so many times in our lives such as birthdays, anniversaries, Remembrance Day and Easter to name but a few. Then at the end of life there is often a tribute to the life of the one who has died which includes so much remembered past.
The 26th February was the first day of Lent. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation. A time to remember the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion. In observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Some use this time to give up things in their lives such as alcohol or chocolate, some use the time to do some small thing for others each day of Lent, and some take time to meet together to remember the life of Christ and all that led up to his death on the cross.
May we all remember the sacrifice that our Lord has made for us and look to the future with hope and faith.