Memories

Luke 2:19

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 16:25

But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

 

I am a photo bug!  Particularly when it comes to family gatherings and group pics.  Yes, snap shots  or non-posed shots are great but for me to have everyone in the picture, looking at the camera, where those that view it can tell who was there, are the ones I cherish.  With snap shots, there is no way to know who else was in the room with us or who was sharing that moment in that day with us.  This is my time to have memories in print of who I shared my life with that day.  My husband and kids used to balk at the whole process but now after many years of every time we gather as a group, they expect the camera to come out and smiles on command to happen.  It’s important for us to remember,  that one day, that picture may be all we have.

As we travel through  our life, there will be many memories made.  Some will be glorious and some will be painful, but all of them make me who I am and who I’m choosing to become.  I will store up those memories in my heart and ponder on them.   And it’s up to me and you whether we let them comfort us or make us angry.

 

We can get caught up in our past so much so that we forget to live the future and make more memories.

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Jesus has taught us so much and it’s up to us to pull from those memories. To store them up in our heart and bring them to our remembrance when we need guidance.  He can and has shown us how to truly love in spite of our memories, which will help us create better memories.

 

So don’t be so quick to speed through your day.

Cherish the moments that pass because they will become your memories.

Lord, I come to you today thankful for the many memories that You have given me.  The times that You have carried me and the times that You rejoiced with me.  The things that You are teaching me through my memories are invaluable to my future.  I’m thankful that You have walked all those memory miles with me.  Lord I ask You to continue to hold the hands of my family and friends.  Help them to learn from their memories so that they will grow to be a light for You.  Amen!

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