Yesterday's Memories

"In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah."...Psalm 44: 8.
The 'yesterdays' of our lives were not so busy as life seems to be today. Times were simple, and so were the lifestyles of people.  Yet, there was always time not only the Lord, but also for one another. Everybody truly was "somebody" in the Body of Christ, from the youngest to the oldest.

Many evenings were spent visiting with neighbors. It was not unusual to join in a circle of prayer and ask God's blessings on families, friends, and our country.  There were no expensive video or computer games. but instead; children enjoyed catching lightening bugs or playing tag and other games outside until the sun went down.

If you were a part of the family of God, Sunday was a day the family looked forward to all week.  Once again, they could gather with others to joyfully praise and worship the Lord.  All week long there was anticipation for the Lord's Day.  There was no complaint in the summer when the weather was too hot, or in the winter when it was cold.  Those who had no way to church in those days had no excuse, as there were always those who welcomed an opportunity to carry others to the Lord's house.  And, if you lived within a few miles, you could join others and enjoy the walk there and back with friends.

Today, many people no longer have a desire to gather with others in worship, as commanded.  We are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some, and especially as we see the signs of the times and that great day approaching.

Times have certainly changed today in our modern day society. Many of our loved ones have gone on to be with the Lord.  Our thoughts of them linger, when we think of our ancestors and the love that was in the hearts of those we still hold dear.  I sometimes wonder what some of these would think if they could see the way times have changed.

One day we shall join those gone on before in that heavenly city, if we keep the faith and keep on pressing on toward the mark of our high calling in Christ.  We must always have a holy zeal for the things of the Lord and a love for others.  Times may change, but our Lord remains the same.  His love for us will never fail.  May we always put God first in our lives.  It's good to be a part of the family of God and desire Jesus more than anything else this world might have to offer.

Blessings In Christ,

Jo Ann Kelly 2007, 2006
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