A souvenir is also called a memento or keepsake and serves as a reminder of what is past.  In fact, the French verb souvenir means to remember.  The smallest, yet most useful souvenir that I have is a silver tie pin in the form of the New Zealand Kiwi bird.  Quite often people put their souvenirs of their trips in a drawer or closet and seldom see them again.  However, if they are practical, as is my tie pin, we have cause to see them often and thus remember where they came from and recall experiences we had there.  Souvenirs can be simply something to show others or something with a deep sentimental attachment.

Jesus Christ left His followers two mementos, the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, by which they could remember Him weekly.  He commanded that they, “…do this in remembrance of me.” (Lk 22:19) Christians today are still partaking of the two “souvenirs” each Lord’s day (Acts 20:7).  As they do, they remember not only His death, burial and resurrection, but also His deeds while on earth.  They remember that Jesus lives within them (Jo 14:23) and that they are in Christ (Rom 8:1) (Gal 3: 26-27) as they partake of these two mementos.

At times when we look at our physical souvenirs it opens a whole treasure of stories and memories.  When we observe the Lord’s supper, it should open up our memory of the many experiences, prayers, blessings and promises we have known in Christ.  Even better, it should stir up the hope of an eternal life with God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit which awaits us.

–Jim Bailey