Psalm 107:1-9 (NRSV)

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.   4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.   

Deuteronomy 4:9 (NRSV)

9 But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—

DEVOTION – Dorothea M. Love (California)

“Remember when . . ?”  That’s the question we asked our niece at her 21st birthday party as we launched into a list of 21 things we remembered most about her life:  her first attempt to bake a cake, her first date, moving away for college, among other events.  At the end of our list, family and friends laughed at the funny memories.  “I can’t believe you guys remembered all that stuff!”  she said as she hugged and thanked us.

I realize that lists are tools we use to document important facts or events.  To-do lists remind us of things we need to accomplish; grocery lists keeps us on track when we shop; keeping a list of upcoming bills helps us stay within our budget.

Lists can help strengthen our faith.  Writing down the many ways that God has touched our lives, looking back over prayer list and journal entries of answered prayers, and recording Bible verses that we’ve meditating on can enrich our spiritual lives.  These activities can help us “remember when” God’s presence was especially meaningful for us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Remembering God’s past faithfulness helps us trust God with the future.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for your steadfast presence.  Help us to tell others about your marvelous works.  Amen.