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Monday, June 13, 2011


“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

What life lessons will we leave behind that will live in the memory of those who come after us? Cicero also said, “The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”

As Christians, we know that one day we will live with God in Eternity. Have we thought about the memories we leave behind, living forever in the memory of our children and our children’s children? We live eternally in Heaven and on earth. What life-lessons are we leaving behind?

I remember my English teacher in my Senior year of high school. She said, “I don’t’ care if you remember my name or what I have taught. Just remember I said, ‘Read. Read. Read!” Her lesson lived on in my memory.

What about forgiveness and patience, unconditional love and gentleness? Will those qualities live on in the memory of those who follow?

Live your life as though you were building eternal lessons of love and peace in the memories of all your descendants. You could be the first generation to set aside old grudges or hatred. The first one to stop abuse or the first to give up addictions in your memory-line. You have the power to reset memories in the hearts and minds of your linage. What images are you leaving in the memories of your children and their children? Those images are eternal. Let us pray:

“Our Father of new beginnings, we praise your Holy name. May your kingdom of Holiness come into our hearts this day. Forgive us for living our lives as if Eternity were our only goal. We acknowledge that we are building eternal memories in the minds of our children and their children as well. May we start this day anew, with love and kindness in our hearts. Let the chains that have bound us in the past, be broken in our lives, so that our children will have no memory of them. For this day, we pray individually that __(a personal chain)__ may release its grip on our lives, forever erasing it from the memory-line of our children. In the precious name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen”
“God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2011 Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.

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