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It's good to remember happy events in our lives: enjoyable holidays, meeting up with friends, going to see an exciting show. Maybe, like me, you take photographs to make the occasion even more special, or buy souvenirs. We all remember the birthdays and anniversaries of loved ones by sending greetings cards.

The fourth of the Ten Commandments says "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus chapter 20 verses 8 and 9). We should try to rest and relax on Sundays and quietly think about our Lord and pray to Him. In other words, put your busy life on hold for a little while. (Obviously this isn't always possible for those who work in the essential services, but they can and should find their own little "quiet times"). In the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, chapter 3 verses 5 and 6 say "Trust in the Lord with your your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do and He will show you the right way".

One of the thieves hanging on a cross next to Jesus at the crucifixion said to Him "Remember me when you come into your kingdom" (Luke chapter 23 verse 42). And he was promised by Jesus that he would be in Paradise that very day! In Acts chapter 20 verse 35 St.Paul is telling some elders of the church that they must remember to help the poor and weak and bear in mind that Jesus Himself said "There is more happiness in giving than receiving".

Here, then, are just four instances of "remembering" in the Bible. But guess what? God doesn't remember some things! How can this be? He could never actually FORGET, of course, but He CHOOSES NOT TO REMEMBER. God doesn't remember our bad words and wrongdoings after we have confessed them with true sorrow in our hearts and belief in His Son, Jesus Christ, who took all our sins with Him to the cross.