A day of remembrance…
“This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.”
There are moments in each of our lives that define us. It might be when you first met your husband or wife, or the first time someone placed a wiggly baby in your arms. Perhaps it was a tragedy, or a separation, maybe even a death of a beloved person in your life. Perhaps it was simply that moment when you knew for sure what you wanted to do with the rest of your life.
These moments shape us, who are, who we become, even how we see the world. Sometimes these stories even shape our families for generations. Being from the south, it seems that these stories stick around even longer than normal. (My mother-in-law is STILL mad at General Sherman.) Communities work in much the same way. They have stories that shape their identities too. Our readings tonight, give us a glimpse into two such defining moments.