Our choir sings a song that I find so powerful. It is titled, "We Will Remember."
Every time I hear the song, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Written by a man named Tommy Walker, the words of the chorus say, "We will remember, we will remember, we will remember the works of your hand. And we will stop and give you praise. For great is thy faithfulness."
Near the end of the song, a soloist tells the story of his own salvation experience.
"I still remember the day you found me … the day I heard you call out my name. You said you loved me and would never leave me, and I’ve never been the same."
Then the chorus is repeated.
One of the most important things I can ever do in my relationship with God is to remember. I need to remember what I was before I came to Christ. I need to remember what he did for me at Calvary. And I need to remember all of the other things he has done for me since that time.
And I need to remember that the word "remember" carries with it more than the idea of recalling to mind. This is especially true in the Old Testament. More than once, Nehemiah prayed, "Remember me, O Lord." In that brief prayer, he is asking God not simply to call him to mind, but to act on his behalf.
And so to remember means to act. This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day. For some, it is little more than a three-day weekend, the official beginning of the summer. For others, it is a painful time as they remember someone close who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
But for all of us, Memorial Day should be a time when we remember both those who have served and the Lord, who has providentially guided us along the way. But as we remember, we must do more than simply call to mind. We must act. We must do something.
So this weekend, remember to remember. But even more, remember to do.