Forgetting comes naturally, remembering requires intentionality. We have to make an effort, and keep making an effort in order to remember - don’t we? This is one of the reasons why we create traditions. Traditions are (usually) heart-warming and meaningful ways of remembering, of marking time, of taking us back to the most important moments in life and in history.
In the tension between a sacramental world (with it’s contoured landscape of both sacred and common spaces), and an increasingly secularized world (with a flat landscape of only common spaces) - we are raising a new generation of Christian children. What a marvelously difficult and complex task! We long for our kids to experience the beauty and love of Christ for them and we worry that too many rules, and too much behavior correction will squash their enjoyment of church worship and community. Many of us parents are terrified of hearing our kids say those four dreaded words, “Church is not fun.”