Deuteronomy 16:12 – Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees. (NIV)
Luke 22:19 – And [Jesus] took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." (NIV)
I worked in the school system when my children were growing up. I knew all their friends and classmates. Time has passed. That generation now has school-aged children.
Frequently, I meet these middle-aged adults. They always remember me. I haven't changed as much as they have. They are disappointed when I don't recall their names. It is a "downer" for us both when our memories do not connect.
The word "memory" brings to mind how often the concept is used in the Bible. Checking, I found the word "remember" used 163 times throughout the Old and New Testaments.
In today's Old Testament verse, the people were instructed to look back to a time of slavery in Egypt and how God had led them out into the Promised Land: "Remember that you were slaves." Today's New Testament verse encourages the continuation of the thread of memory every time the Lord's Supper is celebrated: "Do this in remembrance of me."
We have a tendency today to avoid memories, especially bad ones of the past, feeling that to revive them is to wallow in self-pity. Even bad memories have lessons to teach us. Overcoming these bad memories can build strength and character.
The Old Testament people relied on memory and its transference to teach future generations what God had done for them and to inspire continuance with Him.
We can pass on our faith and heritage by sharing memories of God's blessings. Sharing stories of the good times inspires future generations to seek out Christian fellowship and worship.
Prayer: Lord, remind us to share our good memories with others. By doing so, may we glorify Your name. Amen.