Re­mem­ber when...

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Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never for­get the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2 (New Liv­ing Trans­la­tion)

Do you ever for­get things? Some­times I for­get an ap­point­ment that I for­got to write down on a cal­en­dar that I mis­placed. Some­time…OK, well, most of the time, I for­get what I need when I arrive inside the gro­cery store, and I usu­ally leave with all the things I shouldn’t have bought, and with­out the one or two things I went to buy in the first place.

Some­times I for­get spe­cial days, like birth­days. We just get so busy with day to day ac­tiv­i­ties in our lives that we com­pletely for­get some­thing that was prob­a­bly im­por­tant enough to write down on that cal­en­dar that we never found.

But then, there are those things we never for­get…like the smell of grand­mother’s lo­tion or the sweet smell of honey­suck­les from the gar­den on the farm from child­hood, the sound of grass be­ing mowed or the smell of ap­proach­ing cool rain on a sul­try sum­mer evening.

The smell and sounds and sights that we as­so­ciate with peo­ple who were im­por­tant to us but have been taken from our view, linger with us for years and years, and even many years af­ter an event, a fra­grant smell, a fa­mil­iar sound, or vis­it­ing a fa­mil­iar place will bring those mem­o­ries alive as if they just hap­pened for the first time. And there are sto­ries that we never for­get, like the “re­mem­ber when ….” sto­ries that make us smile and re­mem­ber how loved some­one made us feel.

The Psalmist writes of re­mem­ber­ing, and to­day’s read­ing is no ex­cep­tion. “May I never for­get.” Isn’t that the long­ing of our hearts when we re­mem­ber how loved we are — to never for­get the one who made us feel so loved? At the low points in our lives, we should have a box that we open — a box of “re­mem­ber when …” sto­ries of all the won­der­ful things God has done for us, of all the times we have felt God’s love through oth­ers, of all the times when we didn’t have to walk through trou­bling times alone. We could in­clude spe­cial scrip­tures and say­ings that have seen us through the dark times, the lonely times, the hard times. We should keep that box close to us so that on those days when “spir­i­tual am­ne­sia” sets in and we find it hard to re­mem­ber our own story, we can pull out that box and “re­mem­ber when” God walked with us and saw us through the long, dark nights.

Do you ever get “spir­i­tual am­ne­sia?” Start to­day mak­ing your own “re­mem­ber when” box of God’s grace and good­ness in your own life.

Rev. Jan McCoy is the as­so­ciate pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@ngumc.net.

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