water colours

June 4, 2016

Resurrection-Doubting-Thomas

A popular storyline recurring regularly recounts the tragedy of a person who loses their memory due to some tragic event. Then, beset with amnesia, the hero searches for what has been lost and the story unfolds.  Remembering and recovering becomes a victory.  In a similar way, the devastating illness of Alzheimer’s robs a person of their memories and devastates those who love them. Losing the lifeline of memories becomes a living heartbreak.

Memories represent the legacy of a life and become a lifeline .  Yet as I was reminded by a young pastor some years ago Jesus knows we are a forgetful people.  He instituted a special meal to jog our memories, reminding us of his death and promised return.  “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. (Luke 22:19-20)

God frequently commanded His people to provide memory helps to recount all that He had done. Celebrations such as Passover recounted their deliverance from Egypt. Memorial Stones in the Jordan called to mind deliverance and victory.  Over and over God commanded His people to remember all that He had done for them.  Over and over they quickly forgot and began to complain. They had serious memory lapses both short term and long term.  Not only did they forget their deliverance but they also forgot and forsook the One who delivered them.

Another important memory event is personal flashbacks, some are joyful as we recall loved ones that have passed on, some are painful as we remember failures and heartaches. Some are to remind us of unforgiven moments, sins we need to confess and others we need to forgive. Just because a lot of time has passed since the transgression (to or against) doesn’t it mean we will let it pass by again, undealt with.

This can be a cause of bitterness and strained or broken relations.

 

Moment by moment live your life.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Prayer requests, comments and questions please address to the email.

 

Pray for Karen, breast surgery

 

Pray for Gail, going through a divorce after 47 years of marriage

 

Pray for Dave I, his third bout with prostate cancer at age 55

 

2 Responses to “water colours”

  1. we appreciate all those that give of their time to pray for our folks, for some this is the only church connection they have, blessings

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