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Vol. 15 No. 26 | June 25, 2012
Do you remember when the Statler Brothers sang, “Do you remember when...” and you could?
Do you remember when burger restaurants really were burger restaurants?
Do you remember when there was no Customer Service department, but you, the customer, were served...it just happened?
Do you remember when you could talk to people face to face and a telephone call did not put you on hold?
Do you remember when you got your first computer and thought, "I’ll never want anything any faster or anything that has more storage than this machine"?
Do you remember when if you realized you had left your front door unlocked all night it was no big deal?
Do you remember when eating out was a big deal and not the norm?
Do you remember when you actually carried a Bible with you when you went to a church gathering?
Do you remember when you complained a few months ago about it being too cold?
Do you remember when you said, "Before long we may be paying $2 for a gallon of gas"?
Do you remember when someone said, "You have my word" and you believed it without hesitation?
Before you conclude that I am having a really bad day/week/month/life and am down on people and I am convinced that the world is going to the dogs (which reminds me, do you remember when dogs were treated like dogs?), I am not. This is not a cynical rant or a frustrated right-wing tirade on how the liberals have hurt our country. This is simply a reflection on remembering what once was and is no longer. To prove that, here are a few other memories to ponder:
Do you remember when you were distant from God and following the ways of the world?
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:1-10, NIV84)Do you remember when you were still God's enemy and powerless to do anything about it?
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8, NIV84)Do you remember when you were rebellious and had your backs turned toward God?
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels — everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.Do you remember when?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.Remember...and be thankful.