But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19)
but His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51b)
As I reflect on 2017, I can’t help but wonder where the year went. In truth I want to know “where have all the years gone”? I know I’ve asked this question before, and no doubt will pose it many more times. Yet, as many times as I’ve asked, I am no closer to understanding. The minutes turn to hours, the hours to days, and the days, all too soon, become years. Kids grow up, I grow old and the generation that came before me passes on.
If only we could learn to grab hold of and cling to those precious moments before they slip away. But we don’t. Funny thing about memories, they aren’t memories until the time has passed and all to late we realize that we cant get the time back – no matter how badly we want to, no matter how hard we try.
It’s true that we can’t hold back time but we can make the most of it. We can leave behind for those we love sweet rememberances of life. Each day we can do our best to make something better. It doesn’t have to be anything big – it can be something as “small” as an encouraging word, a special smile, a hug, a token. And, we can collect memories by looking for and embracing the acts of love we receive from others. We can open our hearts and minds to each precious moment; grab each one and hold on to it before its gone.
Some sweet memories will be made today – by us and for us; let’s not let them slip away. If we’re careful, maybe, just maybe, at this time next year, we will look back with a smile and say “that’s where the year went”.
Until next time,