Scattered throughout our house are family photographs. Each one tugs at my heart, filling me with joy at the memories of people I love. Those photos commemorate small, everyday moments and big life events. My daughters as infants, toddlers, teens, and holding their own babies. Vacations to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Catalina Island. Faces smeared with chocolate ice-cream. I hear the screams of Erin when I forced her to sit on Santa’s lap when she was two. Since we live several hours away from each other, sometimes when I pass those pictures I touch my finger to my lips and then to the photo, whispering I love you.
God wants us to commemorate His good deeds.
God Asks Us to Commemorate His Faithfulness
In the Old Testament, men built altars to commemorate what God promised. The purpose was to honor God when they and future generations saw those physical reminders of past faithfulness. God called the Israelites to celebrate Passover so throughout the generations, no one would forget how God spared their homes and struck down the Egyptians (Exodus 12:1-28). Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples and began the remembrance of His sacrifice with communion (Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:7-13).
When I feel lost or alone, afraid or anxious, I can go to the memories of His faithfulness. Over and over, God proves His goodness to me.
- Finding the perfect apartment when we first got married. Filled with light, located in the boundaries we set so Van could get to work and I could take our only car to school and work.
- An anonymous gift that covered the shoes our daughter needed and we couldn’t afford.
- Enough sick leave to allow me to spend weeks at a time in the hospital with Kimberly as she battled the effects of her diabetes.
- Getting to know our grandchildren, Zach and Katie, well when Erin lived with us for two years. Going to their school concerts, soccer games, and grandparent days.
- Weekly dates with my granddaughter, Robyn Ann, building a relationship. Laughing and being silly together.
- Mentors who drew alongside and encouraged me when work was tough. The wise words a balm to my bruised heart.
Benefits of Commemorating God’s Faithfulness
In each instance, God’s love and grace shone in my life. Just like family photos remind me of the laughter and fun times, whenever life threatens to overwhelm, I can look back on all the times God provided exactly what I needed and know that He will do so again.
Instead of looking at challenges with trepidation or dread, I can choose a thankful heart because I know God works to give everything I need. His past faithfulness fills my heart with hope and confidence.
How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life? What memories of His goodness shine in your heart giving you hope? Let those memories help you choose a thankful heart when difficulties come your way.
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