A Church with a Heart for our Community

June 11th Thursday

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a morning after the stormy evening – a little sun, a little breeze, a little cloud, and a lot of fresh air! Yes – this late Spring day was prepared for us by the Lord and we must…and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I trust all is well with you – physically, spiritually, emotionally, and attitude-wise. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to do what He does so well…meet you at your point of need and release grace and mercy and a supply of spiritual energy.

Once again I will share a few lines from a song, one that I mentioned yesterday – I am a travellin’ man, following the breeze, Travellin’ here and travellin’ there, Gatherin’ memories…Tommy Hunter. “Gatherin’ memories” …  a simple thought but so profound. Have you ever considered the power of “memories” in our lives. I read a testimony of a man who in the midst of turmoil  and confusion was pacing the floor in his home…saw a river stone that he had picked up on a hike. As he held it his hands, felt the smooth coolness of the stone he recalled the afternoon he had picked it up and the memory quieted his mind and spirit. A memory changed his day.

The Psalmist who was struggling within himself found strength by remembering those days when he joined the worshippers heading for the temple. Joshua had twelve stones taken from the Jordan River and created a memorial so that in days to come generations would be reminded of God’s deliverance. Of course, Jesus took bread and wine, established a simple method for his followers to remember what he did for them…for us! Remembering it seems, is very important to us on so many levels.

I would imagine that whoever reads this will be thinking and remembering…picking up an object that once in their hand begins to speak or maybe it is a picture in their room or maybe it is the music of a song…their song. “Gatherin’ memories” is important and necessary and restorative. You may recall the words of the song –Tell me the old, old story…Tell me the story often-For I forget so soon-The early dew of morning-Has passed away at noon – Katherine Hankey. 

Remembering and memories are so important that we make ‘lists’ to help us remember – shopping lists, gift lists, Christmas card lists…even ‘honey-do lists’ . We even tie strings around our finger, often forgetting in an hour or so what we were trying to remember! “Gatherin’ memories” is so important…even God writes your name on the palm of His hand – He won’t forget you and I. Therefore in these days of ‘unprecentedness’ and ‘unpredictability’ and when we are feeling  a little lost …He has not forgotten you! …so gather a memory or two to remind yourself of God’s faithful presence.

A little something to think about…be blessed!