“I remember the my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:19-23)
Remembrance Day happens every year. And we remember. We wear a poppy. But what do you remember?
What does the poppy remind you? I believe remembering is more than trying to set aside a time, a day, a couple of minutes to remind ourselves of the facts and figures of wars and awful acts of brutality of the past we might not have experienced personally. Remembering well on Remembrance Day means more than that. It means how you live in the light of all those historical events. How it affected you as an individual, your family life, your community. Remember with the aim to live better in the future!
In the Old Testament God repeatedly calls His people to remember. When God calls us to remember He calls us to do that with the purpose of helping us for the future.
First, God calls us to remember who we are. Remember our identity. We are God’s people, we belong to Him. Our life , actions and words are to reflect God, His glory, holiness, His righteousness.
Second, God calls us to remember where we come from, our roots. Who we were in the past. For God’s people in the Old Testament that meant they were slaves in Egypt. A ‘non-people’.
Third, God calls us to remember the journey. Remember the journey we made from who we were to who we are. Remembering that He came to redeem us, rescue us, save us.
Fourth, God calls us to remember who He is. He is our Redeemer God. He saved us, and carried us.
All this remembering point to the future to His promise that he will be our God who is with us for ever. He will wipe off every tear from our eyes, there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. They are all gathered up in Christ who came to save us. Remember your salvation for a life to live forever, and live every day in the power of it.
God bless your remembrance. Lest we forget!
Our special Remembrance Sunday service will begin at 10:50am on Sunday 11 November. All are Welcome!