The occasion was the celebration of my mom’s 80th birthday. In preparation for our party, (which involved lobsters, clam chowder and lots of laughs) all of her children, her sons and daughters-in-law, and grandchildren emailed a memory of mom to my sister who arranged them beautifully into a memory book.
Each of us, in his or her own style and through the lens of a unique relationship with Mom, described memories of decades ago and days ago,
regular days and major life events,
laughs and tears.
We gave her a gift of the meaningful moments that she first gave us, and the resulting mosaic of memories beautifully depicts the character and life of my mom. I think she liked it.
My siblings and I all remarked that we were surprised by how much we enjoyed the exercise. To think back over my mother’s life, her love, care and guidance for me, and to really spend some time pondering and appreciating who she is was a great gift to me.
We don’t always do that, do we? I genuinely love and enjoy my family and friends, but I don’t often stop to reflect about who they are, what makes each person unique, how he or she make me laugh, or the singular influence that each family member or friend has had on my life.
It is a great gift to remember the riches that are stored in our relationships.
We are each invited into a relationship of unlimited and unending richness. The God who will never forget us asks us to remember Him, his character, his great and mighty works and his loving sacrifice. To do so is a great gift.
Have you ever spent some time remembering the riches of your relationships?
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them…He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate… He remembers his covenant forever.” Psalm 111:2, 4