“On Making a Memory”
Recently I had the opportunity to be with my son Matt and my 2 grandsons Ethan (8) and Tyler (4) in Boston, Mass. This was not the original plan of going to Boston with my grandsons but always remember God uses circumstances and problems in ways we cannot fully grasp. One of my earliest childhood memories was of attending a Phillies and Cardinals game when I was 7 years old. The game was particularly memorable because when the Phillies came to bat in the bottom of the 9th inning, the score was 10-1. The final out of the game was recorded on a long fly ball to centerfield (warning track) with the bases loaded and the score was 10-9. I remember being with my dad, brother, uncle and 2 cousins on that very special occasion. I was hoping to make a special memory with my grandsons when I decided to take them to their 1st baseball games.
Every part of this trip was very uniquely memorable. It started with the 3 severe t-cells we drove through that Wednesday afternoon on our way to Boston. It continued when we got lost in downtown Boston at rush hour and I stopped at a gas station to ask for directions. A police officer was just leaving the station told me to follow him. Imagine trying to follow a police car in rush hour traffic in downtown Boston. What an adventure. When we arrived at our hotel we found it was located just across the street from Fenway Park. It looked like the game was going to be rained out but as we finished our dinner around 6:45, the rain stopped and the sun actually came out. The game started just 20 minutes late. My grandson Ethan stated his boredom right from the top of the 1st inning and throughout the whole game. Well we made some memories, but not the kind I was thinking of.
For Thursday’s game, I was going to take Deb (my wife) and my grandson Tyler. We had a wonderful day as tourist doing fun things in the city of Boston. To everyone’s surprise Ethan insisted he wanted to go the game as well. So Matt was able to purchase 2 standing room only seats for himself and Ethan. In the 4th inning the people sitting in front of us left. I texted Matt and they were able to join us for the remainder of the game. It ended up being a wonderful memory as the game ended on a 3 run homer by Cody Ross in the bottom of the 9th inning. All of us were together for that memorable moment.
We are told in the Scripture of the importance of memory. We are told to “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8), “remember your creator in the days of your youth” (Eccl. 12:1) and the writer of Hebrews tells us in the 13th chapter of that epistle “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the Word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct” (v.7NKJ). But perhaps the most significant memory that we are to have is the memory of Jesus that is found in the elements of the communion service. Remember Jesus’ words in the 22nd chapter of Luke’s gospel where Jesus says “This is my body which is given for you? do this in remembrance of Me” (v. 19, NKJ).
One thing that I have found is if you want to make a memory you have to put in the effort to be there. It was big expense and effort for us to have our grandchildren and son visit with us last month. But now I am pretty sure my grandsons have a precious memory burned into their hearts about their first baseball game they every saw with grandpa. In partaking of spiritual food and nourishment we have to be there as well. I wonder how many people have missed spiritual blessings and memories because they preferred to stay in bed on Sunday morning or had other pressing priorities. God desires to work in each of our lives but He can only do that if we are where we are supposed to be. Let us seek to make positive memories in our children and grandchildren’s lives by serving the Lord with joy and gladness.
We recently made some positive childhood memories for some children from our community. I want to give a shout out to all those who worked so hard to make a special memory for all the children whom God touched with His mercy and love at our recent Vacation Bible School. I was blessed and encouraged as the body of Christ at NDC was used again to impact the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. To God be the glory for the great things He continues to do.
All for Christ,
“On Making a Memory”