Re­mem­ber the times

The Covington News - - Religion - JAN MCCOY COLUM­NIST Rev. Jan McCoy is the as­so­ciate pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@

Re­mem­ber the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.

Isa­iah 46:9 (New Liv­ing Trans­la­tion)

“Do you re­mem­ber where you were when…?” Catas­tro­phes hap­pen in our world, and some­times they af­fect us. Re­mem­ber­ing is a part of heal­ing. We re­mem­ber the good times and the bad times, the cel­e­bra­tions and the catas­tro­phes. Re­mem­ber­ing is one of the ways we re­live and even­tu­ally heal from the mo­ments in our lives that cause us pain.

Do you re­mem­ber where your were on 9/11? I’ll never for­get where I was when the catas­tro­phe of 9/11 hap­pened.

I was at home with my young son watch­ing tele­vi­sion when the pro­gram was in­ter­rupted with a new flash. I later learned that a friend of mine had been in the twin tow­ers when the plane hit, and like count­less oth­ers, he did not sur­vive the at­tack.

Each year, I re­mem­ber my friend and his fam­ily as the an­niver­sary ap­proaches, and I say a prayer for his fam­ily and the many other fam­i­lies who lost loved ones that day ei­ther in the at­tacks or in the brave at­tempts to res­cue sur­vivors.

It’s a day I will never for­get, so it’s hard to be­lieve that a time will come when 9/11 will only be an event in the his­tory books, and those who re­mem­ber first-hand the lives lost that day will be have faded into the past. A day will come when peo­ple will for­get.

For ma­jor events, his­tory books are a way of re­mem­ber­ing, of think­ing of those things that hap­pened long be­fore our time. The Bi­ble is also a his­tory of God’s ac­tiv­ity in the lives of peo­ple long ago. One of the prophets of old, Isa­iah was to re­lay mes­sages to the peo­ple much like pas­tors do to­day. Some­times the mes­sages were about things that would hap­pen in the fu­ture, but many times, the prophet’s job was to re­mind the peo­ple of who they were and of whose they were. Isa­iah was given the mes­sage to re­mind the peo­ple that they were God’s peo­ple, and that God had de­liv­ered them from op­pres­sion on many oc­ca­sions. The mes­sage of God to the peo­ple was “Re­mem­ber.”

The mes­sage to­day is still the same. Pas­tors re­mind peo­ple to re­mem­ber all that God has done throughout his­tory and in our own lives.

Re­mem­ber the times when God saw you through the storm of 9/11. Re­mem­ber the time when Christ’s peace was with you in the midst of a per­sonal cri­sis or the death of a friend or fam­ily mem­ber. Tell the sto­ries to your chil­dren and your grand­chil­dren.

As we re­mem­ber 9/11, let us be en­cour­aged by the words of John Wes­ley, that in the storms of life, “The best of all, God is with us.”

What sto­ries can you tell of God’s faith­ful­ness and grace to you dur­ing a cri­sis?

Share those sto­ries with oth­ers so that they can be re­minded of God’s pres­ence in their own lives.

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