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Remember this and consider,
A few months after I retired, I began volunteering a couple of hours a week at the local public radio station. No, not on the air – just working on a project that had been on the back burner for several years due to ever reducing staff. After months of sorting, organizing, and scanning, I am now nearing the end of this project. I like to think I’ve been doing something that is useful to current employees, but I have had a bit of fun, as well.
You see, much of what I have been wading through are materials used in fund raising campaigns over the past 40 years – and since I’ve been a listener and member for most of that time, I’ve been traveling down memory lane. “Oh, I remember this campaign” or “Oh, that was the year of the cookbook!”
Memories are interesting. Some make us think of happy times or special people. Others recall moments we’d rather forget. Whether happy or sad, the things we remember are a part of who we are.
Yet there are times when we fail to remember. For instance, we often fail to remember to include God in our daily lives. Isaiah called the Jewish people to remember what God had done for them in the past – the things from long ago. We still need to remember those places and times in our lives when we have known and felt God’s presence. Store those memories up and call them to mind frequently!
We are challenged to remember, just as were the people to whom Isaiah prophesied, that God alone is the One who has walked with us throughout our lives, encouraging and upholding us in good times and not so good times. Remember – and rejoice!
-Rev. Robbie Fall, retired Elder
Prayer for Reflection
God who was and is and is to be, help us always to recall your goodness to us and know your presence with us in our daily walk. May we always remember and glorify you. Amen.
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