Thursday, December 26, 2013

How easily we forget: Living Lessons: Sunday, Dec 29th, 2013



Living Lessons:  Church Bulletin Article for Dec 29th

How easily we forget:  I admit it; I simply forgot.  It’s only been four years, but I forgot.  I forgot so much of the joys and challenges of having a new baby around the house.  I forgot how much time is spent in changing diapers.  I forgot how unpredictable nights can be.  I forgot how exciting each little milestone can be. 
Gabriel smiling in March 2007

Gabriel Smiling in April 2007
How could I have forgotten first smiles?  Do you remember the last time you saw a baby’s first smile?  Micah has smiled at least three times this week.  The first sighting came when I had just arrived home from Christmas errands.  Seemingly in response to picking him up and softly saying his name, Micah smiled.  We acknowledge that his sweet smile may have been a well timed coincidence, but we still felt a rush of joy in witnessing that blessed event.  I was also instantly taken back to memories of Gabriel and Ethan smiling as babies.  I’m grateful for God giving us this joyous opportunity to remember again. 
 
 

The Lord knows that it isn’t just men who forget things, but those monumental memories fade for all of us without regular reminders and observances.  I am so grateful for how the Lord gives constant reminders through His church.  Early Christians of the Bible met weekly, some even daily, to be reminded of the joys and triumphs of a life in Christ.  The early church even observed communion every first day of the week in an effort to keep the victory of Jesus alive.  At least one group of Christians searched the Scriptures daily!

My prayer for you to start 2014 is a prayer that you will never forget.  May you never forget the love of the Christ.  May you never forget the depth of His sacrifice.  May you never forget the greatness of our God.   Please stay plugged in through regular Communion, worship attendance, Bible studies, offering opportunities, and service.  These are all tools given by God through the elders of our church to help us never forget.    

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” – 1 Cor 11:2

“Then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” – Deut 6:12

“And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” – 1 Cor 11:24

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” – Rev 2:5