[#pictureAdvent] December 17: REMEMBER

By Rev. Erwin Lopez
Campus Minister, University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

First, read Psalm 98:3

There are certain movies that you can count on being shown on TV during this Advent season. Home Alone is one of them.

It’s the story of an eight year old boy named Kevin. Kevin is forgotten at home while his family vacations in Paris. The mother who forgot him is in distress, the father is panicking and Kevin is at a loss.

As an eight year old boy, being left alone can be a very scary experience.

Yet Home Alone points to the fact that none of us like to be forgotten. I can’t tell you how many times people have been mad at me when I forgot to thank them in public when giving a speech.

But we are human. We tend to forget things. We forget more things that we can remember. We forget little things like our keys, wallet and our cash at home. We forget big things like anniversaries, meetings, and birthdays.

And the truth is that when we forget events that we promised to be faithful to, we hurt others.

But the Psalmist today reminds us of a very important truth. God is kind of like an elephant. God never forgets. God remembers.

Although our human brains are susceptible to loss of memory, God is not hindered by memory loss. For the Israelites waiting in the wilderness or suffering under slavery, the prayer that reminded them of God’s faithfulness was all they had. And it was enough.

Whenever I find myself in wilderness moments or in moments when the cares of this world have overcome me I remind myself of God’s faithfulness. I remind myself that God has never and will never forget my situation.

My hope and prayer is that your situation does not prevent you from knowing that God has not forgotten you.

 Discussion/Reflection Questions:

1. What daily reminders can the church use to remember God’s love for them?

2. What cares of this world make you forget God’s love for you?

3. What has been a time in your life when you felt as though God or someone else had forgotten you?