Certain days groove into your brain, don’t they? Christmas and New Year’s are easy. They happen at the same time every year. Easter keeps moving so while we remember the occasion, we have to check the calendar every year to pin point the actual date. My mom, my dad and my sister have been dead for a long time but I still remember their birthdays.
Today, March 22, was Ron’s birthday. By now he’d have opened his presents. I’d be baking a chocolate cake, or maybe topping a Mile-High Lemon Pie with candles. I’m so glad for so many memories of our happy times together.
Memory is the ability of the mind to retain learned information and knowledge of past events and experiences and to retrieve that information and knowledge.
I’m marking this day with quiet retrospection, journaling my thoughts and maybe even cooking Ron’s special favorites or going out for an Afi burger. (Ron’s favorite #2 Wendy’s hamburger) I think God would approve. After all, even Jesus planned for memories.
When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:12-13, NIV)
Prayer: God, may our hearts remember our loved ones with your love. In Christ. Amen.
Think outside the traditional Christmas gift box. How about gift certificates from a local hair salon or barber?
Or a gym membership for all who are thinking about some health improvement? (Try not to feel insulted if someone gets you one of these! MY first thought would be- do they think I ‘m fat!))
Who wouldn’t appreciate car wash gift certificates? Or hand made coupons for lawn care or snow shoveling or a golf pass? (Don’t give me the golf thing. I think golf just spoils a good walk.)
Do you like to eat? So does everyone else. Swiss Chalet, Wendy’s or even the Keg if you are super rich,all offer gift certificates.
And what about the promise of breakfast, lunch or dinner with the recipient at at the local mom and pop eatery? After all, eating alone is not that much fun.
How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle? Do you have a teen on your list who is saving toward their driving license?
And Moms? Moms would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
If your computer needs a tune-up, you can find some young guy struggling to get his repair business up
and running.( Think Dan Barratt!)
Maybe you can make something nice or buy something unusual at our many local craft fairs.
And, how about taking someone to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre?
The gift of your time will be the most appreciated thing you can offer.
Special thanks to Sharon Greer for the idea of this article…