By Diane Houghtaling

Traditionally when we think about remembering the Lord, we think about receiving Communion. We are instructed to take the bread and cup in remembrance of Jesus.

This invitation to remember the Lord was not a new one. God has been inviting mankind to remember Him from earliest times. When Moses was instructing the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land, he relayed to them the words of the Lord.

He said that when they entered the land and were living in houses filled with good things they didn’t provide, had wells they didn’t dig and vineyards they didn’t plant, when they ate and were satisfied, they’d better be careful to remember the Lord who brought them out of slavery and gave them all this (see Deuteronomy 6:10-12).

We are to remember the Lord when we prosper and during good times, thanking Him for all He has done. But we are also invited to remember the Lord during bad times, when we are going through trials and circumstances that weigh us down and cause worry and anxiety.

I recently had such a week where it was one thing after another. There was nothing I could do about any of it but pray. But I wasn’t leaving it with the Lord and was letting worry and anxiety take over.

One morning I woke up with a Communion song playing in my mind. As I sang the chorus over and over, a line finally jumped out at me. "We respond to your invitation; we remember you." The Lord was inviting me to get my eyes and my focus off of all the circumstances and remember Him.

As I did that I remembered that God is almighty, reigns supreme and is in complete control of all things and works them all out for good. I remembered His great and mighty love for us and that He is completely faithful and reliable.

As I remembered the Lord and His power and might, I was able to finally release all the situations to Him and experience the peace and rest that only He can give.

Instead of sleepless nights of worry, remember the Lord. "On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me" (Psalm 63:6-8).

When you are weighed down and weak from the cares of life, remember the Lord. "Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles" (I Chronicles 16:11-12).

As we remember the Lord at all times and in all things, He is faithful to meet every need and will be "our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

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