4/26: Remember

 

My husband and I spent a wonderful evening with our 96-year-old neighbor John and his wife Cecille. They treated us to dinner at a pretty swanky restaurant. It seems like John remembers everything that ever happened in his life. He attended Harvard, moved to California in 1936, was a principal of a school (making a whopping $40 a month), worked in the auto industry, was instrumental in the establishment of UAW, and had an association with Jesse Jackson – just to name a few tidbits of his amazing life.

But I didn’t glean all of that in one evening’s outing. No, the evening was not dominated by John’s life. He was just as interested in us, what makes us tick, and the world. We talked about everything from children, grand-children, and great-grand-children, to politics, church, and the economy.

Besides this couple’s gentleness and grace, what also stood out to me was their ability to remember. I saw remembrance in a new light. My dad had Alzheimer’s and we grieved the lost of his memory in regard to who we were in the present. But that’s not the important part of memory. The important part is remembrance of the past, for the past contains the lessons that will help us navigate the present. John became wise through all the lessons of his past. My dad had been a Christian almost all his life, and he may have forgotten us, but he never forgot his God.

Psalm 77:10-12 says, “…but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the LORD; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds” (NKJ). We might forget a lot of things, but we must be diligent to remember God and His works. Even as God gives us new stories to tell, let’s not forget to rehearse what He’s done before. May the remembrance of God’s goodness age us as gracefully as it has John and Cecille.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 27, 2013.

One Response to “4/26: Remember”

  1. Lord, you’ve brought me from a mighty long way.

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