Remembering to Remember

“In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’ you should tell your children…
Joshua had just stacked twelve stones, one for each of the tribes of Israel, they were making a marker, an altar, a place of remembrance for all the Lord had done. God instructed the Israelite’s to tell the next generations of the Lord’s faithfulness and might.

Too often, we forget to remember in the fast pace world we live in. Maybe we throw a cute pic on insta and then move on or send a text but we aren’t very good at remembering to remember like God called the Israelite’s to do.

Over the past few years I have been learning the art of remembering. On big anniversaries I try to find a way to share the story of what God has done and then to celebrate!

This year and this anniversary have been a little more difficult… A year ago my family was celebrating that mom’s PET scan came back clear – no cancer! God had shown Himself as Healer. We were elated, in awe, and speechless. God has performed the miracle we had prayed for. He had done what I didn’t have the faith to believe that He would. So, today should be a day of celebration, right?

Well, a year later, mom got a port put in today and begins chemo on Monday… the cancer is back. That’s not a lot to celebrate. BUT it is! According to every doctor we saw mom shouldn’t be alive. She shouldn’t be helping me shop via FaceTime or cheering at a softball game or sharing the gospel through Grief Share or laughing at my silly jokes. She should be dead…

God showed Himself as Healer a year ago and today He showed Himself as the Price of Peace and Wonderful Counselor. Mom came through surgery really well and was laughing moments after waking up. I didn’t cry today and have been at peace in a way only He can make a reality.

But here is the thing, my college girls have heard me talk about remembering and needing to celebrate even if I didn’t want to. Today I didn’t really want to yet, three of them picked me up from work and took me to my favorite spot in town They gave me fourteen hand written notes from various students and they loved on me in a way that deeply reminds me of God’s faithfulness.

We even stacked macarons to remember! We didn’t have stones but La Brioche had amazing and beautiful macarons for us to stack. With each macaron I tried to think of things that were marks of this year and things to celebrate:

  1. God never left us.
  2. I know the Lord more deeply because of this last year.
  3. I have great community.
  4. The Lord has healed.
  5. He has given us more time with mom.
  6. We have laughed and smiled all year.
  7. We have shared the gospel!
  8. I have the privilege of walking life and speaking truth into the lives of college students.
  9. God has given me chosen family to walk with me.
  10. I have learned to see Him more and more in the everyday.
  11. In the moments of pain and isolation God meets me right where I am.
  12. God has a plan and purpose even when I can’t see it (I still don’t see it).

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”

Those are in no particular order but that is a list of twelve things I can remember, twelve things I can pass down to the next generation. We have to remember to remember and then we must pass along what God has taught us. That is how we pass down faith, letting others into our lives as we struggle and celebrate.

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