Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Remember Me."

On my run today, I had my iPod on "shuffle." I really don't know how the song "Remember Me" by Mark Schultz ended up on my playlist, but it was there. What timing! I don't EVER recall listening to this song on a run before. This song has always moved me, but due to attending a precious and moving memorial today, I was naturally deep in thought.

The song got me thinking about all of those who have gone before us to Heaven... little tiny sweet babies, old grandma's, friends taken during the prime of their life, and fathers who have gone away unexpectedly. For those who have gone before, I asked myself "Do they need to be remembered?" They are happy already, and our remembrance will not add to their sublime joy.

I think remembering is for those left behind. Remembering is a way for us to hold on to the lessons that they taught us. It's a way to acknowledge their struggles and honor them with our respect and love. Although they are gone from earth, they dwell in our hearts metaphorically, and literally in heaven. Moreover, remembering is an opportunity to be reminded of Hebrews 12:1- Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. If we remember those who have gone before, it gives us hope and purpose. It drives us to cast aside the "waste" in our lives, and focus on the finish. It reminds us to be grateful and diligent. Unfortunately, to run a race that requires endurance means putting in a lot of time, and a lot of training. It means enduring through pain, good weather and bad, setbacks, and small victories that drive us forward. In the end, with the example and inspiration of those who have gone before we CAN make it to the finish line. I hope when I reach the end, there will be someone there, saying "WELL DONE!"

Ava, Luke, Phoenix, Micah, Mike, Ena, John, Bill, David, Walter, Charlie, Shelby, Tom, L.E., and Trevor I remember you today. Thank you for your inspiration. I'll see you at the finish line.


Christy said...

Thanks for remembering. It's not just for you... it's for me too.

rachel white said...

okay...have you not been running?! or are you just not thinking as you've been running?

do you not realize that i live for these philosophical thoughts??

Marci said...

Thank you for this post and for remembering!