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Yesterday I zipped out of the house and headed off to work leaving my wallet at home.  I had other things on my mind.  I was thinking about the meeting that I was running to, I was thinking about how cold it was, I was thinking about anything other than my wallet, that’s for sure.  Don’t you hate when that happens?  But I bet that kind of thing never happens to you, right?

One of the most powerful things we have is the ability to remember.  We remember times of joy, of sorrow, happiness, frustration and stress.  We remember the moments in life that are simply beautiful.  It could be a sunrise, a kiss, your engagement, or the birth of your child.

Remembering helps you live in that moment again.

Check out these verse from the beginning of Exodus…

23 Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.  24 So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  25 God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.

Exodus 2:23-25

I absolutely love how in that verse Moses uses the word remembered.  God remembered His covenant.  What he means is that God moved with action towards His people.  God heard their tears, their cries, and their prayers.  God took notice of them and came to their rescue. The rest of the book of Exodus is the amazing story of how God delivered the nation of Israel from their slavery and brought them to the place that He had promised them.  You should check that out…

Christmas is a time when we remember what God has done for us.

We retell the story of how Jesus was born, going over each and every detail because it is a reminder to us about how amazing it is that God became a man.  But not only that He became a man, but why He became a man.  We remember that Jesus stepped out of the heavenly realm and stepped down into flesh so that He could take our place, take our punishment, and take our consequence for a lifetimes worth of sin.

Christmas stands out to me as the beginning of my exodus.  This is the moment in time when God remembered His great love for me, and for you and made a way to get me out of slavery.  Without Christmas there would be no Calvary.  Without Calvary, I would still be a slave to my sin, to my desires, to my actions and my behavior.

This Christmas season, I hope that you will slow down and remember what God has done for you.   Remember how much He loves you and what He did to show that love to you.

~Peter