Wednesday 27th March, 2019
1st reading: Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9
Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
In this age of technology and an Internet of things, it is almost impossible to forget things like birthdays because these technologies ensure that we are reminded of them. In fact, some social media platforms remind you of your own birthday days and even weeks ahead of time. This gives almost no room for escape and makes the words ‘I forgot’ an unacceptable excuse.
Hence when we consider the contents of this short list:
1. The word of God
2. The hurtful things we hear
3. The encouragement we hear
4. The good we see
5. The discouragement we hear
We can classify the above on the basis of what we ought to remember and that which we ought to forget often based on the impacts they have on us. Certainly, we can be selective of the things we forget and those we remember because some things are not meant to have a store house within us because they do not add to, but subtract from us.
Like the text today, just as Israel was invited not to forget ‘some things’, so are we. Thus, we have to ponder on these words: what do we need to remember and what should we forget?
Have we created more room for the things we need to forget at the expense of those precious things we ought to remember? Do we have more room for encouragement than discouragement, for pain than for joy, or more room for doubt than for the word of God?
That proportioning remains our decision.