Open Door Assembly
The ability to remember is an inherent gift that is wonderful in many circumstances, but can prove to be quite faulty at other times. You have probably said after some recent spate of bad weather, "it isn't as bad as it used to be?" Well, I have those same recollections and wonder sometimes if my recollection is real or imagined.
For instance, I grew up in an old farmhouse that seemed to me to be quite massive, but returning to the old farmstead years later, I learned that the house really wasn't the huge structure that I imagined but my youthful view of things was quite different than reality.
Have you ever gone to a funeral of an acquaintance, someone of whom you held less than a stellar view of during their lifetime and upon hearing that person being eulogized, you were wondering of whom they speaking? Memories can be wonderful, but also can prove to be quite troubling. The year just finished may have left you with some memories that you would just as soon forget, but you can't. So, the ability to remember can seem as much like a curse as a blessing.
However, there is a bright side to our memory issues, and that comes through Christ whose birth we recently celebrated. You see, the penalty that He paid for our sins was His blood shed for the redemption of the human race and covers all our sins and banishes them from His remembrance. Psalms 103:10-11 He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us. It sounds like a good deal to me. So, as I begin a new year I can be thankful that the sins that I have committed to Him are not remembered against me anymore. I don't just begin a new year with a clean slate. I can have a clean slate all year long and won't have to live with things I can't forget.