I am making an effort to read Scripture daily so that I might remember. It is so easy to forget the content of faith, commitments I have made, experiences that have shaped me, and the places where hope can be found. It is easy to forget Jesus. Reading Scripture jolts me back to ultimate realities, moves me beyond the numbing effects of daily work and activities, and reconnects me to Jesus.
I have to be reminded because I am so susceptible to the barrage of messages, ideas, and images that pull me this way and that. All day I am being asked to buy this, consume that, support this candidate, get behind that idea, sign up for this event, or give myself to that cause. Memory is the tether that ties my mind and heart to that which is crux or core, essential and ultimate. Without it, I easily drift to lesser stuff. Reading Scripture is a way of remembering, a way of tethering. Reading reminds me of God’s story, re-establishes faith, and restores hope.
Today, I open and read Scripture so that the Spirit might remind me, so that I might have a tether.