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I Will Never Forget You

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me; My Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a mother forget her infant, Be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.’” (Isaiah 49:14-15)

“I will never forget you.” These are such powerful words.

I have a friend who is woven into the tapestry of my life. Our paths crossed 19 years ago when I experienced a spiritual awakening. During that time we participated in a prayer group that was part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement. I learned so much from her passionate faith in God’s Holy Spirit. Then as time would have it, many of us were led to a more contemplative prayer practice.

Now and again our paths have crossed, and we picked up where we left off and have a nice visit. The last time our paths crossed was a couple of years ago in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. I still see it clearly in my mind’s eye. We had a conversation about the coming together of prayer, healing and research in the scientific community confirming what we knew all along – prayer has a positive effect on healing. Since then I have seen her in the distance with her husband walking, with her hand holding onto his arm.

Last summer I learned my friend has Alzheimer’s disease, and I remember thinking I was so glad I was able to visit with her that time in the grocery store when we still knew each other. She played a key role in my spiritual journey, and when our paths cross again, I will tell her again how important she was and is to me.

I will never forget her. The connection between my friend and me is just one of the billions of mirrored experiences that reflect how God is connected to us and never forgets us, especially when we need to know we are remembered.

Father God,

who remembers each and every one of us,

open all of our hearts

that we may all receive this message of remembrance from You. Amen.

Marci Pederson
Nurse Consultant/Educator, Avera Educational & Staffing Solutions

ISAIAH 49:8-15 • PSALM 145:8-9, 13CD-14, 17-18 • JOHN 5:17-30

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