Powerful Memories pt 2

In Matthew 16, Jesus tells his disciples, “Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?”

Remembering is a powerful part of our lives with God. It reminds us of God’s faithfulness, provision, inexplicability, love and grace.

We celebrate communion to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s love for us.

We celebrate Christmas to remember Jesus’ humble birth and how He set aside all that He was to be a helpless baby born for our sake.

We remember Easter and the cruel death and undeserved punishment Jesus took on our behalf. We remember and we love Him.

In our own families we remember and we love. The picnics we took, the holiday traditions, the road trips, the cooking together, the growing up times, the snuggling after bad dreams, the school days, the “firsts” and the ways we were together.

Just finished my internship this week with GOHOP (Greater Ontario House of Prayer) and 24-7 prayer in Hamilton. I don’t think I had any idea how much I would come to appreciate that community and the journey we walked together.

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Are you making memories? Are they just happening or are you looking for opportunities to make memories that you and your loved ones can enjoy now, soon and later? I don’t mean staged events where you can all look your best. I’m thinking of the memories that come from being ourselves failings and all. Look for opportunity to celebrate and remember the realities including the joys and the struggles as well as the dreams of life.

This past weekend our oldest daughter was baptized. It was so cool to see her as a confident young lady testifying to what God has done in her life and how she wants to follow Him onward. (Yes, I shed some tears)

Are we making memories of our God experiences? I think God likes that. Things that our family can remember and cherish as our spiritual journey or rollercoaster ride goes on. Look for chances to mark spiritual milestones and remember. There’s power in remembering.

I’m going to look for opportunities to make memories with my friends and family in the future, I think. Not just the big occasions but the small moments when we are all laughing, trying something new or just being the weird and wonderful people God made us.

Memories are powerful. Hey, remember the time….


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