The other day I was looking through some old photos trying to find a good picture for an upcoming wedding. Each picture I looked at brought back memories of family camping trips, singing around the campfire, and listening to stories from people who have long sense passed away. Going down memory lane brings out the good stories and memories of a time long gone; the problem is, you cannot go down that lane without unearthing bad memories old wounds, times of immense sorrow, sins that we have never come clean about, and/or times when we have failed ourselves and/or others. You see good and bad memories go hand-in-hand. If you glossed over the bad memories, it would mean you’d have to overlook the good that came from ergo “miss out on the meat of the story”. Having bad memories come to mind doesn’t mean “you haven’t forgiven them”, It means having to change our perspective on them and remember the good that came from them. You see, concentrating on the bad memories and changing the story doesn’t make the story true nor does it erase the pain the incident caused. Consider how the Old Testament is laid out. The stories of the Great King David would be incomplete without telling of his colossal failure because it would make him out to be a “god” rather than a “human being subject to sin”. It is the same for you and I. We are human beings, we make mistakes some of which we never asked for forgiveness and never let our children know about our past and how it impacts them. If this is you, then this the day that the Lord has made for your release into a new future.
Readings: Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Joel 1, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalms 78
“There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire
Thank you for our past present and future. Because of the cross and the blood that was shed on calvary, my past is poured out until all that remains is a picture. This picture cannot hurt us because they are but wisps of memories. The problem is that Devil reminds us of our failures so help us to remind him of the blood that was shed. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, medical support staff, front line workers, my city, state, and nation. I pray for our politicians that you will shake them to their cores of the things that they are doing. Thank you for healing our land.
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