Ever have a birthday or anniversary sneak up on you?
Have days gone by without a thought of a dearly departed loved one, when suddenly a precious memory is triggered by a fragrance, or a gift they had given, or an item they used? Every time we use Grandma’s old wooden rolling pin, I tell the children about her, so they will know who she was and her importance in my life.
We need reminders of important events, too, otherwise we are prone to forget their significance in our lives. That’s why we erect monuments – so we never forget, even when the horror of the moment is past.
God thinks memorials are important, too. He gave festivals and celebrations so that we would have annual times to stop and remember, to teach our children, to have significant times of remembrance.
Purim was a celebration to remember how God worked in the life of Esther to save the Hebrews in Babylon. The Feast of Booths was a celebration instituted to remind the Hebrews how God had brought them out of Egypt. The memorial stones at the Jordan River were intended to generate questions, so the story could be retold for generations:
“That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye be these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. Joshua 4:6-7
Even wildlife recognizes the importance of an annual celebration. Roadrunners mate for life, and renew their bond every year with an elaborate courtship display as they begin their nesting season. Their rituals involve cooing, bowing, dancing and giving gifts – as they exchange food and nest material!
In this, the month of weddings, if you are celebrating your anniversary, I encourage you to mark it with a celebration of remembrance. And if your anniversary is a few months away, begin to plan your courtship renewal ceremony now! You could re-enact your first date, or exchange ‘nest material’!
This week, I’m going to encourage you with some bond renewal ideas and maybe I can learn from the roadrunners, and become a little more creative in my celebrations of courtship!