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The psalmist wrote, “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
— Psalm 103:2 (NIV)
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 diminishes 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.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room