On the Wall

phil 1.3Fitch’s Store is our small town gathering place for morning coffee and community news. On the wall behind the small tables where we share coffee and donuts are several rows of framed pictures. These pictures are of friends that have been a part of our fellowship. These folks have passed on from this life, but are fondly remembered by those who gather there.

Recently, my wife brought to my attention the following poem by an unknown author:

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
All I have is memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake from which I’ll never part.
God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart.

True friends remember us across time. While that is a pleasant thought, there is someone far more important who we want to remember us. Scripture tells us that the Lord remembers. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me” (Isaiah 49:15-16).

All of us should certainly desire to live among family, friends, and community so as to be fondly remembered. Of even greater eternal importance is to be remembered as part of God’s family. That happens when we receive His son, Jesus, as our Savior. Like the thief on the cross, may our heart’s cry be, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” (Luke 23:42). With Jesus as our Savior, we will never be forgotten.

A Precious Promise: “But the loving kindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

~ Brother Roy

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