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Remembrance by Hayley Chipper

What is at the forefront of your memory? What do you recall when you think about your life? What about when you think of life generally, and the world around you? But an even better question – what is God asking you to remember?


Over the last few months, God has been constantly reminding me of the word 'remembrance'. Slowly He has been asking me these very questions and in the process showing me what it is that He wants me to remember. And I have discovered that more often than not, what God wants me to remember is quite different from what we are naturally inclined to think of.


This was really brought home to me over the Easter season. While we were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, the Jewish people were celebrating the Passover at the same time. These events don't always occur at the same time, so I took notice this year; I have always been fascinated by Jewish culture and am wanting to learn whatever I can, so this year I really wanted to do something to commemorate both events. This was made slightly more difficult with isolation being in force and not being able to leave the house, but I think the outcome of this was better overall, as I was able to pause and reflect on the true meaning of both. And the recurring and common theme… remembrance!


A pinnacle of our Christian faith is the practice and partake of communion. Some might do it weekly, monthly, or even daily. I love being able to do this as often as possible because it is the perfect opportunity to remember what Jesus has done for us in dying and becoming an atoning sacrifice. The passages we often read alongside this event are quite clear that Jesus said, "do this in remembrance of Me!"


Reading that Jesus and His disciples were celebrating the Passover, I was inspired to do some research. I love the story of the original Passover. The Israelites have been slaves in Egypt for around 430 years, and God was bringing them into freedom. Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh and pleaded for Israel to be released, but the answer was always "no", which led to a series of horrific and steadily worsening plagues. The final plague was the death of every first-born son in the land. But God provided a way out for His people. Each household was to paint the blood of a lamb over the doorpost of their house, and the angel of God would pass over. And again, God commanded His people to remember this act "throughout your generations" and as "an everlasting ordinance"


One of the wonderful things about God is that He doesn't just want us to remember the big things, but He wants us to remember everything that He has done for us. It is a daily challenge for me to stop and remember all the things that God wants me to remember. He wants me to remember who He is, what He has done for me, and all the things He wants me to do. This could become overwhelming, but it doesn't have to.


One of my favourite bible passages is in Deuteronomy chapter 6. Israel has been wandering in the desert for 40 years, and they are almost in the Promised Land. Before they enter, Moses is reminding them of all that God has said and done for them.



"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." DEUTERONOMY 6:6-9



I just love these words. God doesn't just want us to remember what He has done, but He wants us to share these memories, making this pattern a lifestyle, and to pass it on to the next generation. 


I read these words, and I am inspired. What has God done for me? Who has He been for me? Just to name a few, He has brought me to salvation, He has introduced me to people who have changed my life, He has brought me to Sydney, He has provided a place to live, He has answered many prayers, and He has lifted me out of dark places and slimy pits. I could go on…

So, the question remains. What does God want you to remember? What has God done for you? And what does He want you to do with these memories?



One generation shall praise Your works to another,
    And shall declare Your mighty acts.
    I will meditate on the glorious splendour of Your majesty,
    And on Your wondrous works.
    Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
    And I will declare Your greatness.
    They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
    And shall sing of Your righteousness.
    PSALM 145:4-7