The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
There was a guy named John, who had a really horrible memory. One day John ran into a friend whom he had not seen in a long time. He greeted him and said, “Bill, do you remember what a bad memory I had?”
Bill answered, “Yes, I certainly do.”
“Well, it’s not bad any more. I went to a seminar that taught us how to remember things. It was a great seminar that taught us to associate pictures and words with names and things you want to remember so, now I have a wonderful memory.”
Bill answered, “That’s great! What was the name of the seminar?”
“Well,” John said, “wait a minute, my wife went with me. I’ll ask her.”
He turned and saw his wife nearby. Then he turned back to Bill and said, “What’s the name of that flower with a long stem and thorns and a red bloom?”
“Do you mean a rose?” Bill answered.
“Yeah, thanks,” John said, “Hey, Rose, what’s the name of that seminar we attended?”
It seems as though memories a meant to be lost.
I heard a psychologist say one time that what we experience emotionally, we tend to remember better. That is why most people who were around at certain events in history can remember what they were doing when it happened. People remember where they were and what they were doing when the heard that President Kennedy was assassinated. Many remember the same things about when they learned of the 9-1-1 attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and flight 93. People who were around on the day Perl Harbor was bombed remember everything they did on December 1941, especially everyone who was in Hawaii that day.
However, people who weren’t around then, who only studied such events in school or heard about them years later in a documentary are less likely to recall the dates. They didn’t experience them emotionally. This is why we have memorials established in our nation and national holidays so we can remind the descendants who came later about important dates and events in history. Everyone knows that July 4th is Independence Day and that it was the day the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 separating from the rule of King George III of England.
This coming weekend our nation will celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day set aside by our nation to remember all of the military personnel in our history who gave their lives in war for our freedom. There will be ceremonies across the country, many in cemeteries, honoring those who sacrificed everything in bravery for our country.
This Sunday I will bring a message titled “Forgetful” based on Joshua 4 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 as we examine how God used memorials to remind his people of the important ways, he has blessed us. I hope you will come and share in this special Memorial Day service.
Remembering with you,