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Intentionally Remember

Holidays have all been a bit different this year for our family, but we’ve loved figuring out how to adapt our traditions to what’s possible in a new context. For example, for Easter this year, we weren’t able to find a ham for Easter dinner. And without my normal crock-pot or big pans or big oven, my normal recipes weren’t going to work for us. So, instead, we got creative with gourmet Easter ham sandwiches. We went all out on the nice deli meat, cheeses, sandwich sauces, and toppings - so fun! Easter egg hunts in Switzerland often use hard-boiled eggs and the Swiss chocolate bunnies are pretty incredible (but that’s no surprise!). We brought our Resurrection Eggs and our Exodus story cards (from SheReadsTruth) from the States.

We went to church on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday and sang unfamiliar songs in a now-familiar language. We love being able to chat after church in French now!

Another of our traditions that has spanned the ocean has been our Messianic Seder. We had two families over to remember Christ’s sacrifice with us this year.




(Read about the different elements in our Seder on this blog post from a year ago.)

My favorite aspect of the Seder is that it is a hands-on (and tastebuds-on) way to help our kids remember Truth. We remember the story of God delivering the nation of Israel. We remember the bitterness of slavery to sin and taste the sweetness of our redemption and freedom in Christ. We pour out the cup of God’s judgement that Jesus drank for us - we don’t have to drink it! We are so ready for Jesus to come back that we even set Him a place and check at the door during our dinner because we know He’s coming soon!

Remembering has always been important. It’s crazy to see in Scripture how quickly people can forget God’s faithfulness. Sometimes, in only one generation! In Deuteronomy, the Israelites are told to teach God’s words to their children diligently - “talk about them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise… You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:7,9)

Just after that passage, the Lord tells them to “take care lest you forget” all the things that God had done for them. (6:12)

To this end, many psalms were written in a way that aids memorization. For example, Psalm 145 is an acrostic - the first letter of each phrase is in Hebrew alphabetical order.

Because I want our kids to remember, I’ve started writing a liturgy specific to our family. It’s not complete yet, so that we can add new lines as we notice more of what God’s doing in our lives. I've included each element that came to our kids' minds when we asked them what ways God had been faithful to them. As we read it each year at Seder, I pray that it will be used to help our kids remember God’s faithfulness in every season of our lives.

We’d love to share with you our family’s liturgy of God’s faithfulness, beginning with a portion of Psalm 145…

 


I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praise, and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.

They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your

righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger in rich in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Psalm 145:1-9



 

Always, from the beginning to the end, You have been faithful - on every continent, in every country, in every city, in every one of our homes.

Before every step, You’ve prepared us. You’ve protected us and guided us as we traveled.

Church, the Body of Christ on earth, has been the means of providing friends-like-family for us all over the world.

During the most difficult season of our lives to date, You carried us. Corban, given to us for a moment, then given back to You. Israel, who caused us to wrestle deeply with God’s character. Redemption, who reminded us that Christ has already redeemed our circumstances. You used those souls to draw us closer to You.

Every single one of our needs has been met. You built a team of partners around us, supporting us in every way.

Friends that You’ve prepared beforehand have been in every place we’ve lived: Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Texas, Florida, and Switzerland.

Grace upon grace you’ve lavished on us. The forgiveness, the community, the wisdom, and the Truth.

Heaven prepared, the end decided, eternity in Your hands - Thank You for letting us be a part of Your plan.






Taking the train home from church with friends and soft pretzels!

Egg hunt at the park!


We're definitely going to miss this view! (And the cool fresh air!)


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