The Blessing of Memories

Cousin Angela and her husband, Dave. Colorado today.
Cousin Angela and her husband, Dave. Colorado today.
I have landed in a room of memories. I didn’t expect it but I’m here. I came to Colorado for a wedding but my first stop is a cousin reunion. Lester cousin reunions are unlike any other. Maybe you know the type…where words are never needed, though we will say many things. Explanations are not required, no matter the amount of laughter or tears offered in one sitting. We are simply: reunited. Love happens. Grace increases. We have so much for which we are thankful!

Uncle Bill & Aunt Margie Lester with Gary and Angela
Uncle Bill & Aunt Margie Lester with Gary and Angela
So when I walked into my “room for the night” I walked into the memories. Pictures of cousin Angela’s wedding, the first child, the second child, the family “as I remember it” when we were very young. What I love in seeing this room full of pictures right now is this: I am seeing, first hand, the way God works over time. The dreams that started out so long ago have grown into blessings we cannot count. What was once a husband and wife we know as our grandparents, is now a fruitful vine that cannot be tamed. May it be pruned? …yes, now and many times more. Hindered from growth?…absolutely not. There are tears in these pictures. There is indescribable JOY in these pictures. There is redemption, healing, grace… more blessing than I can count. There is LIFE!

Joseph meets Bunny...each with their own stories to share.
Joseph meets Bunny…each with their own stories to share.

All I know in this moment is to be thankful beyond words. And to trust God for all the moments of “right now” that will someday be memories of seeing God’s grace come into full view in ordinary human lives. What memory are you making today that will be a blessing beyond words in the time to come? Make good memories; they count! Let it be.

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