When I look at my surroundings I not only see things, I also sense memories – planting the oak tree in the backyard, wearing my mother-of-the-bride dress, buying red boots on a trip out west, vacationing in the high country, traveling with sister and mother, lunching with daughter and baby, learning to sew with grandmother, readying for holidays, or snow skiing with the Hub. (Sometimes it’s hard to part with things because it feels like I’m ridding my home of memories, but maybe that’s just me!)
Your encounters with God, especially during down times, may remain at the forefront of your mind, but I often struggle. But what if I remembered God’s grace, love, and faithfulness to me with the same tenacity as I recall memories attached to landscaping, clothing, airline tickets, bits of fabric and furniture, or ornaments? As important as those are, how do they compare to eternity?
Old Testament Scripture tells us to mark encounters with God with altars of remembrance.
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us,'” 1 Samuel 7:12
“You shall make an altar of earth for me, and . . . in every place where I cause my name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you,” Exodus 20:24
In the New Testament Jesus instructs us to partake of Communion, the Lord’s Supper, as a remembrance of him.
“Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me,'” Luke 22:19
While earthly memories hold huge chunks of our heart, it’s the ones that point to eternity that are everlasting. Remembering God’s faithful acts of the past aid our present and anchor our future.
“Dear Lord, let me make altars that point to you. Guide me in the everlasting way. Thank you, Jesus, Amen.”
To what do you hold fast?
“I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely I will remember your wonders of old,” Psalm 77:11
Setting up Altars and Remembering What Matters, PJ
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