Thought for the Week 10 November 2019

Australian Mothers Union

Time to remember

The art of remembering is cultivated by repetition. It is also a gift from God: there is, deep within us, the capacity to connect with the past in such a way as to bring it to the present. This is the mode of speaking historically in Deuteronomy: ‘A wandering Aramean was my father’ (Deut 26: 5-9) and the Jews said to Jesus, ‘Abraham is our Father’ (John 8: 39). Speaking of remembering and belonging in the present tense particularly pertains to partaking of Holy Communion. Holy, spirit filled, and Communion, coming together in union with Jesus.

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

For most women in the Sudan, the task is to build good memories and heal the bad. As the second most gender unequal country in Africa, Mothers’ Union has programmes to improve women’s lives through literacy, prayer and bible stories. They are building new and hopeful bases for remembering God’s love.