Cincinnati has been in the deep freeze for the past couple days. While the temperatures outside have been absolutely frigid, schools have closed their doors. The extended break has only helped those students, faculty and staff who love to procrastinate. Although, most schools in the Cincinnati area are ready to get the next half of the school year underway. While plans are altered and schedules tweaked to make plans for what is to come, perhaps the second of two straight school cancellation days is a good time for Cincinnati to pause and remember 2013.
Exodus 13:3 states, “Moses said to the people, ‘Remember this day, in which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.’” Throughout the Bible, and especially in the Old Testament, God’s people are commanded to remember what he has done for them. While Cincinnati moves on into a new year with new challenges and blessings in store, perhaps this deep freeze could serve Cincinnati as a reminder to pause and remember.
Each year in Cincinnati goes by faster than the one before, but because of the fast paced lives of today many people forget to stop and reflect. Cincinnati has entered the second week of 2014 and come to a grinding halt with its weather. Perhaps, reflecting on the past year and celebrating God’s grace, faithfulness and love is exactly the way Cincinnati Christians should begin 2014. So, Christians of Cincinnati, the next time Communion is offered, think a little more on the command of Christ to partake in remembering. Scan the memories of his goodness and grace, and then reflect on his ultimate gift. All those who follow Christ in Cincinnati in 2014 should remember and live to honor that memory of God’s unfailing love.