To forget our story is to forget who we are and why we’re here. There is a reason to remember. Both good and bad. Acceptance of our failings and celebration of our successes. All the while learning who we are becoming and who the Creator is creating us to be in His image. Remembering those who helped us along the way, and remembering how we have helped those following behind. Remembering to continue helping those until the day we are called to review on that Great Day of the Lord.
Memories of the ages
Bad mixed with distinctly good.
They come to bless or haunt
Depending on the latest mood.
Photographs kept tended, memories to be valued.
Photos of the mind,
Never are they blind,
Visiting they come both happy and blue.
But which of any are tested, or possibly found askew?
No wonder remembering is such a central theme in Scripture. God knows the gravitational pull of human awareness, which draws us inevitably toward forgetting. God’s people are always in danger of losing their memory, forgetting who they are and whose they are.
“Thinking God’s thoughts after him” is how Johannes Kepler described his work as an early modern scientist in Europe. It was his photograph, his way of remembering why he was here, his work, and God’s place in it all.
“He hath remembered his love
and his faithfulness toward the house of
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.” Psalm 98:3
“If I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home…” A timeless classic from Rich Mullins