“Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” Genesis 40:23
In the story of Joseph, there is a direct encounter between Joseph and the cupbearer. They discuss a dream. Joseph gives an interpretation of the dream. It is enough of an interaction that it would not be easily forgotten. And yet, the cupbearer forgets. Forgets about Joseph, for two years.
We have mentioned what that waiting may have been like for Joseph and how it is to have to wait. But this verse also invites us to think about forgetting. Joseph is in prison unjustly. He should be let go. But he has no recourse. And the cupbearer, who could aid him, forgot about him.
I am wondering about all the people who may feel forgotten about: Who are counting on others who know about their plight. Who have no other recourse. And who feel forgotten.
I am thinking about the kids who go to school every day but don’t learn how to read. I am thinking about the people who make clothes in sweat shops in less developed countries. I am thinking about the people who pick our food. I am thinking about people who live in areas of drought and have no food. I am thinking about families, children, and grandparents in war torn areas. I am thinking about people on death row. Do they feel forgotten?
Has someone asked for our help and we have forgotten?
Lent is a time to remember. To remember those who are suffering especially with no comfort or recourse. To remember those who feel they have no one to call upon save God. To remember those who feel forgotten.
Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our own circumstances and problems that we forget. Forget that there are others who need to be remembered. Forget all the advantages we have. Forget God. In this Lenten season, may we remember. Amen.