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Topic: PHOTOS and/or SOUVENIR(S) (vacation) (07/16/15)
TITLE: An Abiding Reminder
By Jennifer Woodley
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There are other souvenirs too. Some collect photos, stickers, caps, cloth badges, teaspoons, tea towels, even teacups. Traveling is not quite complete until we take home tangible trinkets to keep the journey alive and fresh long after the bags are unpacked and stored away.
Yet throughout all our family travels, I have gathered other souvenirs more precious, more lasting, and more satisfying: the souvenirs of memories. Memories made together, with laughter, with love, in good times or otherwise. Photos will fade, trinkets will be lost, but memories, gracious gifts from God, are a lasting legacy that will be retold over and over together, for a lifetime.
Memories are portable, pleasurable souvenirs that recapture our feelings, our behavior, indeed moments of our lives together in a snapshot of time passed. Memories are a constant reminder that our lives are intertwined and written in one another's hearts. Memories made with others, come flooding back in a brief moment of time - stirred by a sound, a fragrant smell, a vista before our eyes, fabric between our fingers. Senses are the tangible stimulus that can bring back recollections from our past. Memories: the most powerful souvenir of all.
Memories reclaimed and retold are a reminder that our lives are woven together. And that the threads of our lives are woven together by God. God invites us to remember our commitment to each other and also to Him: our commitment to the One who gives us all things to enjoy, whose hand is working to always establish good in our lives.
Eventually my son’s travel badges were mounted on a hand sewn map of Australia, taking prize position in his room. However, eventually they will lose their lustre, be packed away and forgotten. Yet my souvenirs – memories of travels together - will live on. These are the stories graciously given by God as an abiding reminder of our connection to each other and our connection to Him.
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