What is it about our memories…..what parts rise to the top and which ones hide, laying in wait only to pop up when we least expect it? These are the …days of our lives, to quote a well worn title from an old “soap opera.” Do they call them that anymore? Or did I just date myself! Eeek!
Really there is no better way to describe the real lives we all live. An opera is a drama of sorts and most of us use soap(at least us less stinky people!) so there ya go.I know the term came from the ads which ran at commercial time during the programs, my memories (thanks alot Madison Avenue!) of Ivory snow and All temperature Cheer! Resonate through my memories, which once again date me!
Today, 9/11 brings a collective memory to our whole nation, we won’t and can’t ever forget. For many of us who watched as it happened, in shock and awe,. it is imbedded in our brain, for those who lost family and friends it is embedded in their hearts and for those who chose to do this awful deed, they also will never forget, wherever their god has them now….how’s that working for ya? Not a judge just saying!
After this many years, we are able to somewhat compartmentalize the events of this tragic day, never forgetting but going on with life, to honor those who gave it all for our freedom. Sometimes the more recent memories are the ones we struggle with, moreover the ones that we ourselves are responsible for. The little voice in our head that reminds us of our failure, they never let up from the constant nagging torment.
But…….our God is greater!
On this day I will remember not to blame myself anymore, even when the momentary panic attack hits….I will forge ahead. My memories are mine, to remember the good times, like childbirth, only the good parts! Little did I know that would be the good memories….silly me!
What I will do is remember …….
New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Best thing I could ever remember, through the good and the bad times.
God Bless America, my family and ME!