The importance of memories

Our children have just given us a second party to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary – and with it more loving memories to build our lives upon.

Actually, we’ve been celebrating for the last couple of years.  It began with a family cruise to the Panama Canal in March 2014 and then officially last July at a family dinner at a restaurant here in Ottawa.

But our three children went one step further and organized another party here at the home of one of our daughters today.  One of our children gave a lovely speech, another prayed powerfully for us, and a third gave us a wonderful DVD of 50 years of marriage and family life.

I write this to say how much these memories mean to my wife and me.  They are engraved on our minds and spirits and we will draw strength and joy from them.  They are blessings of God.

At the same time, I know that many people have lived lives of suffering and pain.  Talking about happy times like these may simply hurt them and for that I am sorry.

I acknowledge that the blessings in our family have far outweighed the difficult times.  Still, we have not been exempt from trouble.

But whatever life has dealt us, are there not some good memories we can call upon?  It seems to me that happy memories can be very simple – and very meaningful.  And they can nourish us when we feel down.

I like very much the homespun wisdom of Bob Benson in a taped talk he gave more than 30 years ago.  He talked about stone memorials that Abraham and Jacob and other Israelite leaders set up many centuries ago to remember events where God had blessed them.

Indeed, believers in the Bible constantly brought back to mind the acts of God in the lives of earlier generations – especially, the miraculous escape of Moses and the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

These memories helped build the faith and hope of people going through tough times.

Few of us can point to anything as spectacular as God parting the waters of the Red Sea so that the Israelites could escape from their persecutors.

But God has blessed each one of us.  Sometimes, we just need to let God open our eyes to see his blessings.

And resurrect them in dark times.

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4 comments so far

  1. beechfern on

    Hi Bob. What a wonderful post. You and Ruth have brought up such kind and loving children: to see that legacy continue in your grandchildren must be very satisfying for you.You have had a wonderful year of celebration and it continues!, happy 50+ Judy

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  2. Robert Douglas on

    Thanks very much, Judy.

  3. Anne on

    What an honour to be part of such a phenomenal family.

  4. Robert Douglas on

    Well, you’re a key part of the family.


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