- Names (83%)
- Where something is (60%)
- Telephone numbers (57%)
- Words (53%)
- What was said (49%)
- Faces (42%)
And if you can’t remember whether you’ve just done something, you join 38% of the population. Feel better?
We have just observed one of our nation’s most solemn holidays. Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifice of every man and woman who fought and died to keep America free. It’s also a day to remember those we have loved and lost. As we stand beside silent graves, we remember. These loved ones are gone, but they are never forgotten.
Many of the Jewish holidays were established for the express purpose of reminding the generations in Israel of something God wanted them to never forget. For example, every time they killed the Passover lamb and applied its blood to the doorposts, they remembered how God delivered their nation from the slavery of Egypt.
Likewise, every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we are made to remember Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Understanding the human tendency to forget, Jesus ordained the ordinance of Holy Communion and said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). As we approach the Lord’s Table we do so singing the old song, “Lest I forget Gethsemane….lead me to Calvary.”
When it comes to some things like telephone numbers or names, forgetfulness may result in a moment of frustration or embarrassment. But may we never forget those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And may we never forget the One who died to save us from our sins.
Pastor Todd Weston