Thanks for the Memories...

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~ From the television show The Wonder Years

A memory can be a wonderful thing. A memory can sneak up on you and remind you of things you don’t want to lose ~ like happiness … which leads to a smile. Sunday at church, one of the musical selections was “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. This song always takes me back to childhood … spending time with my dad at the local nursing home … handing out the song books and singing with the residents.

Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I don’t remember the names of the residents … or their ages … or where they were all from … but what I do remember is spending time with people who enjoyed life. I remember the smiles and the warmth … how it didn’t matter who someone was or where they were from … or how old we all were … we were all one body. A body that enjoyed singing and worshiping together.

In the words of Jean Baptiste Massieu, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” I am thankful for beautiful memories that will randomly show themselves in the midst of the chaos surrounding my day. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year with our family and friends, may we be reminded and thankful for the memories that we hold in our hearts. For it is the memories that help to create who we are … where we are from … and that help guide us forward on our journey thru life.

Dear God, this world we live in isn’t what it used to be. It has become a world that has sadly forgotten that we are all one. Thank you for the memories we hold near and dear in our hearts. May you help us to take those memories, those smiles and those happy times and share them with others so that we may help to make the world a better place, one person … one smile at a time. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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