Reflections on the Memorial Wall
The new Memorial Wall in the garden is beautiful, reverential, simple but elegant. I was one of those who decided where we would begin the list of those to be included in this Year One of the wall. It seemed to me we needed a cut off date for those whose names would be there. It was, I thought, a reasonable suggestion.
However, I'm not so sure... I didn't think people would request the names of long ago deceased relatives to be included on the wall.
We know this: we all want to be remembered; not forgotten. We want to honor our loved ones. The plaques are a symbol of forgiveness for those whose life was connected to ours, even though not always exemplary. We want to quietly celebrate that 'all is forgiven' and life goes on. We wish to affirm the belief that our lives have counted for something we have done while here; that we did our best even if was far from perfect.
In addition, we are inspired by the democracy of the wall. Whether we were strong in faith, famous, well adjusted, always loving and making life better for the less fortune, or, simple and known only by a few, the bronze plaques are the same size. We have decided no one gets Super Sized. The size sends a message: God looks upon all of us as equally in need of forgiveness, equally dependent on grace, each of us having their own part in the 'choir.'
The Church is a place to lift up the lowly and not make a big deal over the mighty. Every plaque is the same size -- 'Everyone is created equal..." Be thankful and proud of what the wall says.
Bless you all,