Poet and preacher, Frederick Buechner, wrote this reflection on the word Remember:
When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you; that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.
Which leads to this…
I am home after spending eight days in Nicaragua.
Well, almost home.
A part of me continues to linger in the rural community in which we lived and worked this past week building homes with and for two families. And as I live, for a few moments yet, in two worlds, this is what I want to remember:
- I want to remember Carlos, the head mason, laughing and dancing as he built a home for another family.
- I want to remember the children…Nicaraguan and the students from the United States who traveled with me…sitting around a table together laughing, talking and coloring pictures together.
- I want to remember the dust and the dirt and how it felt on my skin.
- I want to remember the tears in my eyes as we dedicated the homes we helped to build.
- I want to remember the tears in their eyes as we dedicated the homes they helped to build.
- I want to remember the evening conversations with a group of high school students who did their best to grapple with issues larger and deeper than what they had previously experienced.
- I want to remember the three Nicaraguan high school student who I talked with one evening who shared their dreams of becoming engineers and a doctor.
And, I want to remember the comment made by the staff person of the organization we work with when we travel to Nicaragua. A young woman I have known for most of her life. As we were wrapping up the week, she encouraged us to remain uncomfortable. Uncomfortable with the huge disparity between those who each day struggle to survive and the accumulated wealth of a few. Uncomfortable with political systems and squabbles which take precedent over the basic needs of the people. Uncomfortable enough that I think more carefully about the choices I make each and every day.
May I remember…
Because they have left some mark of who they are on who I am.