This morning, I realized that if you look around my house, you might call me sentimental. Here’s what I mean. On one wall in my house, I have six photos/drawings. Each one was taken or drawn by someone I know personally, and each has a special meaning for me.
In the bathroom, I have a laminated note my daughter wrote when she was very small.
By my bed, I have a necklace my daughter made for me, as well as a dreamcatcher my little brother made about 25 years ago.
I have a ribbon board in the front hallway, displaying the photos sent to our family over the Christmas season; I refresh it every year. In my office, I have a bulletin board full of drawings, notes, letters, and keepsakes from various times in my life.
Virtually everything hanging on the walls of our house has a story. I tend to steer clear of “mere decorations,” leaning instead toward items that hold something more personal. Our refrigerator doors can hardly be seen, for the number of keepsakes, photos, letters, and reminders displayed there.
Some might call our decoration style “eclectic,” while others may call it downright cluttered. But each item reminds us that an incredible number of people have touched our lives, changed us for the better, fed our souls, and contributed their talent to our wellbeing. These objects help us remember, to be grateful, and to pay it forward.
This month at 5twelve City Church, we’ve been walking through the book of Hebrews together. In our daily devotionals, individuals from our church family have been describing what the day’s passage means to them, and our sermons have been focusing on the “big picture” of each section.
In the book of Hebrews, the author summarizes and interprets the entirety of the Old Testament and the Gospels. It’s a litany of, “Remember when God did this? Remember when Jesus did that? Consider these heroes of our faith and how their faith changed the world. Now here’s what all of those things mean.” These reminder-passages can be found throughout the Old and New Testaments. In the first five books of the Bible, there are some passages repeated two or three times, almost verbatim, and Old Testament stories are repeated or called upon throughout the New Testament.
The night before Jesus died, He reclined at the table with His disciples and instituted a new tradition – what we now call The Lord’s Supper. The refrain in that ritual is, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Why does God scatter these reminders throughout His word, just as I have scattered reminders throughout my house? Why do we Christians keep to certain patterns and rituals in our worship and gatherings?
I think God is acutely aware of the selective nature of the human memory. Sometimes we have a hard time letting go of hurtful things that have happened, and sometimes we forget the blessings we should be grateful for. In the book of Hebrews, the author calls the Jewish Christians to recall their Jewish tradition and then to reframe it in light of what Jesus has done. Many of these people had been persecuted and ostracized by their loved ones and community, and they were feeling the pressure to return to Judaism. They were focused on the convenience of the here and now, rather than the glory of a relationship with Jesus, regardless of present circumstances.
In our present circumstances, I think we still need to be reminded. Pick up your Bible and journey through Hebrews with us this month… but then continue to study the whole Bible from cover to cover. You’ll find that God has decorated the history of mankind with reminder after reminder — God loves you, He considers your rescue to be worth the highest of prices, He sings songs over you, relationship with Him is worth it, and you are called to a greater purpose.
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