“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel ...” (2 Timothy 2:8)
November, above all other months, is a month of remembering. It starts with All Saints Day on the first, within a few days is remembering the failed gunpowder plot on the fifth, and then on the eleventh the mood becomes more sombre, as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in war are solemnly remembered.
In the USA, Thanksgiving takes place later this month too.
We develop various techniques to help us remember.
Fireworks and bonfires help us remember Guy Fawkes.
With poppies we remember our military service men and women.
With feasting the Americans remember thanksgiving.
There are other more mundane techniques too – tying a knot in your handkerchief, post-it-notes strategically placed or an entry in your e-planner that will beep at you at an appropriate time.
Some things are more important to remember than others. It’s vitally important to remember the Armistice; to never break faith with those who gave their tomorrows for our today.
And the challenge in remembering is to ensure that our lives today are worthy of the sacrifice of so many.
In our Text of the Week, the writer urges us to “remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.”
If that is true (and I believe it is), it’s the most important thing you’ll ever read.
If that’s true it changes everything, giving hope for our todays and our tomorrows.
And the challenge in remembering is to ensure that our lives today are grounded in and inspired by his sacrifice; that our lives are focused on him in faith, and devoted to him in loving obedience.
And that’s something to remember not just in November, and not just at Christmas or Easter, but every day.
Rev. David Randall
Free Church of Scotland, Falkirk