Minister's Minute: Looking back, looking ahead

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” -- Rainer Maria Rilke

As we get older, it seems, we reminisce more. The older we get, the more there is about which to reminisce. Even with older persons who have moderate dementia, memories from the past continue. When I was spiritual care chaplain in care homes, much of my one-to-one work included listening to residents share their memories.  This was a privilege. 

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At the same time, to be human, even up to our last breath, is to look ahead in anticipation, while not forgetting to live in the present — anticipating an upcoming trip or work project, a visit with a friend, a birthday celebration or helping someone in need; looking forward to a concert or movie; planning an appointment with the doctor, what we will have for dinner, or to attend a hockey or soccer game of our child or grandchild.

Looking back, looking ahead, in the here and now — our existence in time creates the narrative of our lives.         

Looking back on the year soon to end, in the spirit of looking ahead, I wish you a happy, blessed and tranquil new year of 2019.

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