Day Thirty Five: We May Forget, But God Never Forgets Us

We are well aware of our weakness at certain times of our lives. Sickness puts us on the sidelines and we wonder if our lives matter or if anyone will remember us. I believe God never forgets – God’s memory is loving memory, interpreting our lives through the lens of acceptance, forgiveness, and love. God loves and remembers us not in spite of who we are, but because of whom we are, God’s beloved children.

Isaiah 49:15-16 speaks of God as a loving parent. God’s love reflects and inspires our own parental or grandparent loves at their best – always remembering, always loving, and always accepting regardless.

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
Or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
But I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.

You are written on the divine hand. God is a different God because of you – because you exist and are everlastingly loved.

Today, live we affirmations, reminders that you are loved, that you belong here, that God will always remember you lovingly.

Regardless of my condition, God remembers me.
Even when I forget God, God is with me, loving me.
My life is inscribed on palm of the Divine Hand.

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He has taught at Georgetown University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is currently theologian in residence at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He can be reached at bruceepperly@gmail.com

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.


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