Memory Awakens Hope
"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…
It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope." ~ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which Is Above, 1988
Challenge: Pray for healing among your family, friends and the world!
As the doors of hope open this advent, let us pray for our own healing and healing for our family, friends and for the world. May people who walk in darkness hope for a healing light.
"We find that healing hope also expressed at the heart of Psalm 121: "I lift up my eyes unto the hills; from where will my help come?" We sit with the people of the Psalm in the valleys of our hurt and despair, and we look for the help that will come over the hill. We affirm -- again and again -- until we know it to be true: "Our help comes from God, who made heaven and earth... God will keep you from all evil; God will keep your life. God will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time on and forevermore." ~ Rev. Scott Clark
During this advent season, what is your healing hope?
St. Augustine wrote, “Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.” Its not easy to live by these words, but it is what is needed if we want to move on with our lives.
Let us pray for the healing of memories and the healing of our family trees. Psalm 22 is a great prayer for healing of memories. You may pray this for yourself, your family tree or others.
This Psalm unites us to Jesus on the cross. As we pray this we need to be honest with the hurt we feel within us. Then at the end our prayer is praising God for his goodness to us.
Pray it slowly, inviting God into your memories and asking him to place his healing hand upon your head and heart.
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox