As people age it seems that they often begin to have trouble remembering things. When an older person forgets something they often blame it on having a “senior moment.” The Old Testament selection and the Psalm selection for today encourage us all to remember all that God has done for us. The book of Leviticus can appear to be filled with instructions for strict observances and long-forgotten practices but the thrust of the book is a reminder to remember who God is and what he has done. For example, in the same way that God created the world in six days and then took a day of rest, God’s people are to remember the sabbath in honor of God. The precise instructions regarding the observance of the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths can distract us from the reason behind these events and that is to take the time to remember all that God has done.
One of the reasons God emphasizes the need to remember all that he has done is so that the people of God will pass on the stories to their children and grandchildren. The people of God who experienced the Exodus and were liberated from slavery had an amazing story to tell of God’s salvation and provision for his people. The reading from Psalm 44 gives us proof that at least some of the Israelites who experienced the Exodus passed the stories down to their children. Psalm 44:1 reads, “O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old;.”
These readings remind me of the importance of sharing with others the ways in which God works in our lives. As we share what God has done in our lives we offer encouragement and hope to those around us, including some who may be waiting for God to provide in a significant way. Before we are able to share with others we have to make sure that we don’t forget all that God has done. By reflecting on what God has done in the past we are then able to trust that God will continue to show up and provide and meet our needs in the future. May each of us take a moment to reflect on all that God has done for us.