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                                       Memorable Moments   May 25, 2016

     When I pick up my Bible I know the words of scripture will teach me, correct me, and encourage my faith.  No matter the translation, the Holy Spirit is present to open my eyes, soften my heart, strengthen my commitment, and influence my direction.  When I read a familiar passage, I am encouraged by memories of all the times God has seen me through, lifted me up, and spurred me forward.  As Christians who live in community with one another it does us well to remember God’s mighty works in the past, as well as the teachings we hold close.

     Hebrew’s 11 is a chapter for us to read as we remember God’s work in this world. The heroes of faith are named one after the other:  Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1 NIV.  The names do not stop with well-remembered Old Testament saints, the list goes on to include unnamed men and women of faith.  All were commended for their faith even though they had not received what had been promised.  And the something better that God had promised was this, that all people of faith would together be made perfect through Jesus.  And while you are thinking on Hebrews 11, go ahead and read chapter 12 too. 

     We have family, community, and church memories too.  Some are celebrations, some are hard, but all are meant to bind us together and focus us on Christ and doing God’s work in the world in which we live. The benediction at the end of Hebrews says, 20 Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

     This Memorial Day many of us will look back and remember those who went on before us, whether in service to our country or in the passing of life.  Members of my family used to go out to place flowers on the graves of loved ones and/or to decorate the graves of those who died in service of our country.  But we do more than remember the passing of family, friends, and neighbors, we celebrate the lives they lived.  Yet even more, let us celebrate the faith in God with which so many have lived their lives.  May the faith of those before us encourage us to be faithful and make a difference in God’s Kingdom, now and forever more. 

     Yes, we have Memorable Memories, we also have a glorious future in all that we do.

In Christ,

Pastor Pam