Last night at church we talked about remembering.
This is a common time of year to think about the past – past holidays, for example, or looking back on the year. The point of last night’s lesson was to remember all the great things God has done for us.
We read Deuteronomy 4:9, NIV – “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your hearts as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
In this passage, the Israelites are warned to remember all the great things God did for them, especially in getting them out of slavery in Egypt to a new land. But spoiler alert – they forget, they grow faithless, and they end up missing the opportunity to get to the Promised Land. And I am no better – choosing (consciously or subconsciously) to recall the things that were hard or the things I don’t have, instead of the ways God has worked.
This year has been difficult. Pregnancy wasn’t the easiest. Learning my new role as a momma was challenging. Losing my grandfather, my last grandparent, this year was heartbreaking.
But this year was also incredible for many reasons. Obviously the biggest was our little boy. And then there are many reasons why he is incredible, one being that God gave him to us at just the right time, although I’m not ready to get into that yet.
And then I’ve seen great things happen in other peoples’ lives too! There is so much to be thankful for.
So my goal, in these last few weeks, is to really appreciate and enjoy God’s blessings, and to be truly joyful in these holiday celebrations.
What do you remember God doing this year?
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