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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Memory

In seventh grade Mrs. Fankhauser had us memorize a standard set of prepositions. Thirty-three years later I can still recall: About, above, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beyond, by, concerning, down, during, except, for, from, in, into, like, near…up, upon, with, within, without.

Memory is a funny thing - I can remember most of the list but not all of it (the “…” is the amnesia piece. Of? Off? On?).  Same holds true with memory devices I used in Physical Therapy school – Tom, Dick and Harry were nicknames for the tendons running along the outside of the  ankle - I can remember two of the three. Or the rhyme I used to recall the order of the cranial nerves - I remember the rhyme, but not the nerve names! 

At one of my baby showers a friend gave me a “One Line a Day” journal – writing a thought, memory, funny item in remembrance of Emily’s early life. Good thing too – the days blur together and I have a hard time distinguishing one from another – and sleep deprivation doesn’t help the situation.

Journaling for Emily made me ponder: How do I remember all the good things God has done? How do I remember, recall, recollect his acts, his kisses, and his kindness? Do I, like the Israelites, build pillars of stones to jog my memory? How do I keep track of his love, care and attention?  It is so easy to forget – or worse - not even notice what he has done.

How do you remember, recall, recollect? What do you do to keep track of all the God touches in your life? How do you track the testimony of Gods goodness? How do you evoke memory, remind yourself, elicit thankfulness and gratitude?  What is your strategy?

Memory may be a funny thing, but we can aide it. How do you help yours?
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