Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength….Repeat [these commands] again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.’ Deut. 6:4-5,7 NLT
As I write this, we’re remembering those who fought in WWI – and hearing reports of one courageous veteran, Bernard Jordan (pictured above) who left his nursing home in the UK and made his way to Normandy. He was determined to be a part of this most significant remembrance.
We need to make a special effort to remember the important things, like how much God loves us and wants us to love him. Life barrels forward at a great pace. In the midst of that, do we talk in our families about who the Lord is and what he has done for us? It would be a mistake to leave it all up to the church.We need to remember.
On the other hand, there are some things God wants us to forget. Perversely, these are exactly what we can’t get out of our minds. Our own sin, or a wrong done to us. A benefit we should have received, but didn’t. I have to remember to practice what Jesus said about forgiveness and move on. We need to forget.
Prayer (as a couple):
Heavenly Father, help us to have the boldness to remember your goodness out loud with each other and our family. Help us to forget the slights that are an unavoidable part of life.:
Prayer (for others):
Lord Jesus, we especially pray for _______. Help them to find healing and forgiveness, to forget the wounds of the past and move forward in you.:
‘It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness.’ Chuck Palahniuk