The following is a guest column by Allan C. Emery, Jr., a businessman affiliated with Servicemaster in Boston, Massachusetts.
Samson, blind, standing between the great central pillars of the temple of Dagon, calls to the Lord and says, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” Remember me! Remember me?
What thoughts went through Samson’s mind this day as he was made the center of attention and ridicule? He may well have thought of the angel’s announcement of his life mission to his mother and father; of his triumphs over the enemies of Israel, the Philistines; of his willful and foolish sin; of his capture and the searing pain; the darkness; the grinding, day after day, as a beast of burden. Samson remembered. Now his hair has grown, as has his faith, and now he speaks to God and says, “Remember me.”
Remembering can be both therapeutic and frightening, delightful and terrible. Remember the day you learned to ride a bike or drive a car. You can still smile at the memory of receiving your diamond engagement ring, or finding an electric train under the Christmas tree. But memory can also be a terrible word as you think of the day when you had forgotten to prepare for the Latin exam, or when you arrived at a party all dressed up and the other girls were in jeans. You can remember times of failure, of rejection, of scorn and ridicule.
The Bible uses the word remember in several basic categories. The first is the command to remember God and his commandments. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Eccles. 12:1). “Remember the sabbath ...1
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