Just because I said it is a special week for reflection and meditation, please do not imagine for one minute that my schedule has miraculously freed up and I have been sitting on some park bench in some retreat center with my Bible open and my pen hovering over my “journal” which is always and forever a plain old spiral notebook like you buy at the Back to School section of Target.
Only a lot of times I am using old ones I found cleaning out some bag or closet where one of the kids or yours truly only used the first few pages and voila! I have a new “journal.”
This week is only special because as I go about the ten hundred thousand other things that I do every week and sneak in some dusting and laundry and cleaning bathrooms, I make the week different by intentionally forcing my mind to … well…commemorate.
So it is probably helpful to take a quick peek at what that word means…
Commemorate: to recall and show respect for (someone or something);
to celebrate (an event, a person, or a situation) by doing or building something.
So I commemorate by reminding myself…
as I run errands and work at the store and watch grandchildren, and answer texts and emails and all the things…
how, just like the Israelites homes and lives were protected by the blood of those lambs and goats we talked about yesterday, our home and lives are covered with the protection of the Blood of Jesus that purchased our salvation.
Much like those Israelites crossed through the Red Sea on dry ground and then turned around and watched it fold back over the army of the ones who had held them captive for generations…
I think about how my God has defeated every enemy I can think of that would hold me captive, including death.
While I am a work in progress and have surely been the poster child for “prone to wander, Lord I feel it”…I was saved and redeemed the day I received Christ.
I was transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.
No turning back…no turning back…
and as long as I am borrowing lines from hymns and songs, I may as well quote some Scripture to finish our time together today ….
This is a day you are to commemorate; for generations to come you shall celebrate it is a festival to the LORD – a lasting ordinance.
Sure He was talking about keeping the Passover and He had very specific rules for this feast in Israel and I am not replacing that with my own version.
But I am taking to heart the concept of the commandment to commemorate…
to celebrate God and what He has done.
To celebrate my once and for all salvation, as well as the process of sanctification and the mud heaps He continues to pull me out of and the ways He loves me and cares for me.
I am so thankful you have joined me thus far this week for the celebration.
I hope you are taking it to heart and having some moments of commemoration yourself.
It is my prayer you are finding yourself in a party mode all day in the midst of the ordinary as you contemplate the great works of the Lord in your own life thus far.
Blessings and I look forward to tomorrow.