Remembering

Another devotion from the Princeton Theological Ceremony


The chief cupbearer then spoke up and said to Pharaoh, “I am reminded today of my offenses.”
— Genesis 41:9 (Translated by Erin E. Fleming)

Remembering is a significant activity during the Lenten season as we contemplate Christ’s life, crucifixion, and resurrection. In this story from Genesis, Joseph correctly interprets the dream of Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer while they are both in prison. After the cupbearer is reinstated, however, he forgets about Joseph until Pharaoh has dreams no one can interpret. Then the chief cupbearer realizes his egregious mistake and tells Pharaoh about Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams. This marks a turning point in the Joseph story—Joseph begins forgotten, imprisoned, abducted, enslaved, and alone, but by the end he is free, second- in-command to Pharaoh, and ultimately reunited with his father and brothers.

For this season of Lent, may we approach the act of remembrance with a heightened sense of awareness and intentionality. May we recall those who are often forgotten— people who help us in ways large and small, family and friends both near and far, those who are marginalized and oppressed, such as the poor, the sick, the disenfranchised, the incarcerated, and the displaced, and may our remembrance make us more aware of God’s presence in our lives.

Erin E. Fleming
Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

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