Word of the Week: Memory


Three old men were sitting around Pete’s house one morning drinking coffee and sharing how forgetful they were getting.

The first man said, “Sometimes I get undressed to get into the shower, and suddenly I can’t remember if I’m getting in or getting out.”

The second man said, “Well, sometimes I’ll find myself on the stairs, and I’m not able to remember if I’m going up or coming down.”

Pete piped up and said, “Well, so far I haven’t had that problem. So just “knock on wood” and hope what is happening to you guys doesn’t happen to me.”

 So he rapped his knuckles on the arm of his wooden rocking chair, and then  exclaimed, “I wonder who that is?”

The Bible word of the week is “memory.”

The wise man wrote, “The memory of the righteous is a blessing” (Prov. 10:7, ESV)

Memory can be a wonderful blessing. It can bring smiles, laughs, or even tears of joy as we look at pictures, share stories, or just think about the good times of by gone days. One writer said, “Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

Today is Memorial Day. It is a day to remember. To reflect. To be reminded. It is a national holiday to honor those who have given their lives in war. There is no clear record when or where this holiday began. Over two dozen cities and towns lay claim to the birth place of memorial day.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan and first observed May 30.  In 1971 Congress changed the official celebration to the last Monday in May. It has become a time not only to honor those killed in war, but to remember all of our loved ones who have died.

Such memorials are valuable in providing an important link to the past.

One of the great blessings of life is fondly reflecting on the lives of those who have gone on to their reward.  The Psalmist expressed it this way: “A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance” (Ps 112:5-6, NKJV).

I was reminded of this truth (again) in a very personal way during my Mother’s passing. Our family and friends shared stories, and remembered the many good things from Mom’s life that touched us in some way. Indeed it is a blessing to reflect on the life of one who has lived it well. Lived it righteously. Lived it for the Lord.

However, the sad reality is that some people do not leave the legacy of a righteous life. The memory is not a blessed one. The second half of Proverbs 10:7 says in a brutally honest way “the name of the wicked will rot.” How sad! What a terrible memory to have.

The question that is posed to us, the living, is—What kind of memory will we leave? I can do nothing about the lives of my friends and loved ones who have gone on. The good or bad of their lives is forever sealed. But I can do something about my life. My decisions. My legacy.

And so on this memorial day may each of us reflect on various memories that we hold dear, let us begin it with a renewed commitment to live “soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.” When it comes to the time of our departure, may we leave a rich spiritual heritage with good memories that are a blessing to those who know us.

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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4 responses to “Word of the Week: Memory

  1. ann white

    ken, i recall when i was a child that we called it decoration day. i looked the holiday up and found it officially changed names in 1967! you are not as old as i am and probably don’t recall such!


  2. Betty rhodes

    Two old ladies on a trip. Driver kept running red lights. Second lady complained. Driver’s response “Am I driving?” Had to share. It is one of my favorite stories!


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