Some seasons we want to hold on to – to drink deeply of all it has to offer. But it passes too quickly. Gone before our chance of full delight. Here, memories serve as gifts of grace and a taste of eternity.
Everything we hold dear seems to pass away too soon.
We look forward to long summer days and vacations – enjoying a much needed break from the demands of life. But before we know it, summer is over, and our anticipated moments are gone.
Eighteen years seems like a long time at the beginning, but as our children prepare to leave the home, we wish for just a little more time with them in this season of childhood.
We could spend a lifetime with a loved one and their death is still too soon. Oh, what we would give for one more day, one more moment, one more chance to be with the one we love.
This constant loss is hard on the soul and there’s nothing we can do to slow it down or make it stop.
But all is not gone. In fact, the promise of Christ is that he is making all things new. The Redeemer redeems and we can trust no good thing is lost forever.
In the meantime, we have the gift of memory.
Reflecting on the moments and relationships of our life we get to go back and linger, to enjoy it again.
In this way, memory is a gift.
Browsing through old photos, listening to old songs, and intentionally letting our minds return to precious moments allows us to savor all that was.
And as such, memory is also a taste of eternity. We get to enjoy the past without end.
The intentional practice of memory allows our souls to anchor and rest through the constant ebb and flow of life.
Practice memory and relish in all that was.
Gone too soon, but always remembered and always loved.
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