Week Twenty: Remembrance

My apologies for the delay in getting this week’s devotional guide out. I hope everyone took time out this Memorial Day to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the countless military conflicts that our nation has experienced. Regardless of one’s view (pacifist or just war advocate) I think we can all agree that the dead should be honored–that we should “mark the moment” and not forget.

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 & 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm reading (selected from below)
    • Morning:         Psalm 5
    • Noon:               Psalm 44
    • Vespers:          Psalm 74
    • Night:               Psalm 117
  • Moment of Silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday:          Genesis 35:1-14
    • Tuesday:         Exodus 12:1-28
    • Wednesday:    Numbers 10:1-10
    • Thursday:       Deuteronomy 6
    • Friday:            Joshua 3:14-4:9
  • Moment of Silence

Practicing the presence

Memory is an important thing for the follower of God. Throughout the Bible we see God setting up rituals, commands, and monuments with one purpose in mind: to remember. God puts great emphasis upon keeping his love and guidance fresh on the minds of those he loves.

It seems he constantly sets up a practice to elicit questions that lead to retelling the story of the rescue for his people.

In the New Testament this practice carries over in the observance of the Lord’s Supper. A memorial meal was given, questions are assumed, and a story is told. God wants his people to remember.

This week, how will you choose to remember what God has done to rescue you? What can you use as a reminder to keep his love and provision first and foremost in your mind? Open this up to your family and ask them to create your own family ritual to help you remember God’s loving care.

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • “The Lord’s Prayer”
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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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