|Each of these lapel pins represents a memory I pray I can keep.|
Of course I worry about forgetting.
I was cleaning out a drawer this afternoon and unearthed a little plastic container filled to the brim with brightly enameled lapel pins, about 20 in all. I poured them into my hand and memories began to flow. The Kansas shaped Reading Recovery pin evoked the strongest emotion; I felt I made the most positive impact on children's lives during my years as a Reading Recovery teacher. Running a close second was the golden circlet shaped like children holding hands. This brought back memories of years of playground duty.
I've taken to carrying a trash sack with me whenever I clean a room, in order to encourage myself to throw away things I don't need. I held the pins in my hand a moment, but made no move to deposit them in the plastic garbage bag at my feet. After a moment or two I put the pins back into their container and returned them to the drawer.
If only I could hold onto my memories in this same way, tucking them safely away into a protected corner of my mind with certainty I can retrieve them whenever I want...
***Please join me right now in a prayer for a cure for Alzheimer's: Dear Lord, we pray that Alzheimer's is defeated within the next few years, so this disease that has stolen so many memories becomes only a memory. Make it a defeated enemy with no more power to rob us of our independence and the ability to understand and reason. Banish this disease in order to keep us from inflicting on our loved ones the agony of that long goodbye. Free our children of the threat of this disease. We ask this in the name of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who will never forget us, even if we forget, who will never let go of us, even if we forget how to hold on. Amen
Scripture: "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!" (Isaiah 49:15).