The Angel Appearing before the shepherds
Christmas - Faith - Prayer

Remember and Give Thanks

When I was looking over my list of prayer requests, I realized that some of the requests had already been answered. I thought about the ways that I have seen God at work in my life. It is important to remember, to store up our life experiences of God’s love and faithfulness.

Israel was instructed by Moses to remember.

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children. Deuteronomy 4: 7, 9

The Psalmist remembered God’s wonderful works.

Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered . . . Psalm 105:5

The Psalmist records how God rescued Israel from Egypt and gave them a land of their own. The Bible is a record of the works of God.

During advent we read about Mary’s experience.

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2: 15-19

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‘The Angel Appearing before the Shepherds’ by Thomas Buchanan Read, Dayton Art Institute. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

10 Comments on “Remember and Give Thanks

  1. Thank you, Carol. It is so valuable to store up these memories of God’s faithfulness, so that in low times we can encourage ourselves and know that what He did for us, He can do again.

  2. In the laundry room there is a mouse
    (being rodent is no crime),
    but this one causes me to grouse,
    for he chews holes in the draining line
    from my new washing machine,
    which left a lake upon the floor.
    I repaired it, got floor clean,
    and then he went and chewed some more.
    I really do not want him dead,
    just to upbraid in the strongest terms.
    And then it came unto my head
    what every bright householder learns
    and on the morrow I will bring
    a whole bagful of Irish Spring.

    1. The mouse (or mice) found a bag of cookies on a top shelf in our storage room, chewed through the bag and ate 4 cookies. And so we had to put the mouse traps out. Irish spring?? Have a blessed Christmas, Andrew.

  3. This is lovely! I often think about how important it is to find ways to record and remember God’s goodness. We’ve had several rough Christmases in the last few years (and we’re looking at another) but it gives me such joy to look back and remember God’s provision in year’s past. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

    1. Bethany, I pray that you will have blessing and joy, despite difficulties. My daughter is going thru a rough season and is often in my prayers.

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