The psalmist wrote, “Praise the LORD, my
soul, and forget not all his benefits."
My oldest granddaughter loves to hear my stories about
“the good old days” when I was her age and about the different
milestones in my life. I am happy to oblige, especially since
I can see that it makes her happy. I had a difficult childhood
because of my health issues that gave my parents little respite.
Today, I understand that particular part of my childhood as
having a purpose in God’s plan for my life, and the memory of
the pain I endured dimin-ishes in comparison.
Today I reflect on the
influence or the weight of
memories. Memories of
difficult events can easily
become burdens we carry
for the rest of our lives. But memories can also be beautiful gifts, and experiences shared with loved ones can bring
great happiness. The psalmist wrote in our quoted scripture,
“Forget not all [the Lord’s] benefits.” Remembering our past
and who we are is essential in recognizing God’s mercy toward
us and the many blessings God has showered on us.
Prayer: Compassionate God, help us to retain good
memories, and help us to move forward and not forget all
your loving care. Amen.
Rosi de Crabbi (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)
Prayer Focus: STORYTELLERS
Thought for the Day
“The Lord remembers us and
will bless us” (Ps. 115: 12).