This section of Os Guinness’ book, God in the Dark, came to mind when I was recently studying the repeated command of YHWH to his people: Remember the day you came out of Egypt… Remember that the LORD your God redeemed you… Do not forget the LORD your God (Deut 5.15, 7.18, 9.7, etc).
“Clearly, memory for a Christian is not nostalgia or historical reverie. It is far more profound than having a mental skill or a better-than-average ability to recall. There is all the difference in the world, as G.K. Chesterton pointed out, between tradition as the living faith of the dead and traditionalism as the dead faith of the living.”
“The redeemed memory, as it works under God’s Spirit, keeps the living awareness of the present in line with a living awareness of the past. Thus our gratitude and thanksgiving, which are spurred by a knowledge of the past, are linked to our faith and hope, which engage the present and look toward the future. This gives continuity and wholeness to the life of faith that are indispensible to its growth and maturity.”
“Ideally the ministry of remembering should be a bright thread running through all our Christian living – individually, corporately, publicly, privately; in the quiet moment of the intimate prayer as well as in the open statements of public thanksgiving…”
These excellent quotes are taken from chapter 3 of Os Guinness’ God in the Dark.