I woke up this morning thinking about an old friend. Not just any old friend, he was actually my first love.
As I began to search the facebook looking for signs of him, I came across an obituary of handsome man that never changed from the first day I saw him. He had passed away 3 days ago and the service is today. I’m not sure why or what happened and may never know. But what I do know is the memories of our time together as two young people in love will never fade.
I remember how he smelled when he woke up. I remember the way his eyes would gleam when he talked about silly things. I remember the runs in his old car we’d make from Pensacola to PCB on that once dark two lane road. We’d share a cigarette, pass it back and forth in the midnight hours, and yes, feel like we were the only people alive. I can still even remember the curve of his arm around my waist.
It’s been over 40 years ago and it’s all still perfectly clear today.
So yes, as I sit hear in the quiet of this day, I thank God for the gift of memory He gives us. It’s a sweet and bittersweet gift that we can all cherish. Our memory allow us to see our life wholly, to look back, and yes, to claim from a more seasoned perspective. That what seemed good was actually amazingly good. The people who meant so much to us, who were so important, and yes, who were our very making.
We would not be the person we’ve become, with the values we hold and the qualities we have without these amazing, wonderful, loving people in our past. Maybe they were like angels – maybe there were angels.
Memory is a gift that gives us a window to God Himself, for yes, He is timeless. Our memory gives us a glimpse into how He sees and knows us,and yes, how He’s loved us all along. Memory makes us whole because life actually is not linear. Life encircles us. His gift of life encircles us, and yes, we participate in that circle with the gift of our memory.
We can draw from our memories the very gift of gratitude.
So yes, we savor our memories, while yes, pray our gratitude will continue to help us see the amazing, even miraculous goodness of our lives stretching back to your own youth.
Grateful this morning to know, that yes, we are loved by love Himself. He loves us big and He loves us strong, and yes .. love wins period
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” Philippians 1: 3-5
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