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Madam President’s Reflection: Remembrance

Date: June 4, 2021

This is the last entry of a four-part series on “Madame President’s Reflection.” Earlier this week we observed Memorial Day, a day for honor and remembrance. We paused to think about the brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We often think of “remembrance,” as something we do in memory of a person or persons who have sacrificed their lives for a worthy cause, but remembrance, the act of remembering, has several meanings.

Howard Thurman in his book, The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations, in one of his brief meditations on the blessings of Christmas, encourages his readers to find these gifts throughout the year. So, as one of his readers, I am encouraged in appreciating the “gift of memory” in the month of June! Thurman defines memory as “one of God’s great gifts to the human spirit without which neither life nor experience could have any meaning.” He encourages us to use our memory now, today, and often. As I reflect on the events that have taken place while serving as Student Body President and over the last two years, there have been joyful and painful memories, all of which I pray I never forget.

With all of the painful events that have taken place in the last year, many of us responded in protest, prayer, and presence on this Holy Hill. We have shared how the pandemic has served as a crucible experience refining and shaping us into more resilient leaders. I pray that all of my experiences, joyful and painful, will bring to remembrance the importance of giving back, both in time and gifts.

Donna Arrendell
VTS Student Body President

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