Who else is a sucker for animated features with beautiful music? I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so moved by this type of movie as when we watched “Coco”. The theme song is “Remember Me” and the lyrics took me to so many memories.
Lyrics from ‘Coco’ (edited here)
Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Though I have to say goodbye
Don’t let it make you cry
For even if I’m far away I hold you in my heart
I sing a secret song to you each night we are apart
Though I have to travel far
Each time you hear a sad guitar
Know that I’m with you the only way that I can be
Until you’re in my arms again
For I will soon be gone
And let the love we have live on
And know that I’m with you the only way that I can be
So until you’re in my arms again
Many of us have people we can only hold in our hearts because they are gone from this world. We remember them through pictures, stories, songs, traditions, etc. We share them with others to honor their life and keep their memory alive. Just this past weekend I attended our annual Hope Mommies retreat. This retreat and organization exists to share the hope of Christ with moms who’ve experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss (hopemommies.org). The speaker (Lindsey Dennis of vaporandmist.com) shared this quote “I speak of my pain not because it’s worth it, it’s because He’s worthy.”
Beyond honoring our loved ones, we share our story because He’s worthy. Say it out loud with me “HE IS WORTHY!”.
In Rom 8 Paul says 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
The longing, the groaning, the remembering is an honor and an opportunity to bring us closer to God and able to know Him in ways we didn’t before.
In a recent sermon the pastor shared the importance of remembering who God is and how He’s been faithful. He reminded us of the times in history when stacking stones was common. Jayne Hugo Davis shared more about this: (https://baptistnews.com/article/the-spiritual-practice-of-stacking-stones/#.WqZtlqinGM8). “The spiritual practice of stacking stones claims ordinary moments of life for God and invites those who pass by to notice the holy ground on which they already stand.”
Remembering when God provided before and reminding myself he will do it again and again and again gives me courage to face any circumstance. When I understand who God is and how his character never changes, I can praise in the storm.