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Remembering the gospel, gives us strength for the present and hope for the future.


There were three sisters—ages 92, 94, and 96—who lived together. One night, the 96-year-old drew a bath. She put one foot in, and then paused. “Was I getting in the tub or out?” she yelled. The 94-year-old hollered back, “I don't know, I'll come and see.” She started up the stairs, but stopped on the first one. She shouted, “Was I going up or coming down?” The 92-year-old was sitting at the kitchen having tea, listening to her sisters with a smirk on her face. She shook her head and said, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful,” and knocked on wood for good measure. Then she yelled, “I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door!”

Isn’t it true, the older we get, the harder it becomes to remember things? I was listening to NPR recently and they had a segment where people called in to talk about memories they wished they still had. One lady said, “I wish I could remember more of my time in high school. I must have had lots of fun, because I don’t remember a thing!” Another caller said, “I wish I had more memories of my father. He died when I was 12.”

My wife and I were recently talking about the different memories we wish we had more of. For me, I wish I had more memories of playing football in high school. Those were fun times! My wife would love to have more memories of the cul-de-sac she grew up in as a child. For her, those were sweet memories.

When it comes to our spiritual lives, I believe there is great power in remembering. But, here’s our problem, we forget the things we need to remember and remember the things we should forget. Instead of reminding ...

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Rob Hall is the Lead Pastor at New North Church, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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