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November 4, 2010

Mementos

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Got a drawer full?  Betcha’ do!  I believe everyone has some mementos!  They will vary from a piece of paper to an object of iron.  There are so many things that we will hold on to as a reminder of some special occasion or person.

I have tried these past years to divest myself of some.  But there are some that will remain until the day the children have to decide what to do with them!  I have spoken of some of these in an earlier blog. (Recalling the Past, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/07/12)   Recently, I was searching through some old files and came across a couple of mementos.  Suddenly, my mind raced back.

I held in my hand a napkin with the Presidential seal.  The small white napkin with the gold impressed marking reminded me of an interesting time.  It was my first occasion to the White House, and I wanted to be sure that I had plenty of evidence I had visited there.  I had been invited to attend the hearing on the Salt II Treaty.  Following this time with the President, Vice-President, Secretary of State, and others, there was a reception that followed.

I realized that the napkins would be a marvelous memento of this occasion — of course, I couldn’t take a china cup or plate!  Wanting to be sure that I would have a napkin for each of the children, and perhaps others, each time I would go back for punch or some pastry, I would get a new napkin, and place in in my coat pocket!  Now it was not stealing — if I touched it, it would have been thrown away, right?

So I ended up with many napkins!  And now I find one in the file.  I thought back on that special day.  The memories came quickly — it was more of a day than I expected.  From the reception, I had the privilege to walk into the Oval Office; and later to sit with the President in a stairwell and talk about prayer!

I also remembered that later Judy and I would be invited to a reception as the President finished his term in office.  But there would be no napkins from that occasion.  The invitation was not an “all expense paid trip.”  And those days did not allow us to attend!

There was another memento in the file.  It was a special pass for NAS, Pensacola.  This Naval station is the home of the Blue Angels.  Millions around the world have watched as these precision pilots entertain.

Our next door neighbor was a Blue Angel pilot. Though the family was younger, our friendship was one that hovered close to family.  He  always made provisions for us to have the opportunity to attend the shows with special privileges.

As I looked at this special pass, I recalled the many gifts that he shared with us.  These pilots were always showered with gifts in the United States and around the world when they performed.  So many of these gifts were shared with us.  But far more than the gifts, the blue pass I held in my hand reminded me of a special family and a special relationship.

I want to believe that I do not need a tangible memento to remember people who have crossed my life.  I am so thankful for a mind that God gave me that can recall events and people.  Isn’t memory a blessed gift?

I do have another thought.  I kept these mementos in a file.  Where do you keep yours?  I know that many people keep mementos in their Bible!  There is a pressed flower, a piece of ribbon, a short newspaper article, a photo, a bookmark made by a child, and on and on.  Now there is nothing wrong with keeping mementos in the Bible — but let us never forget, that is not its purpose!  It has greater value!  Why not open that Bible today to one of those mementos!  Then read that passage of Scripture where it lies.  Perhaps there is a special word for you from God today!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”  (Psalm 32:8)

Lawson

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