The year 1964, a bus pulls into Dodge City, Kansas. “Where can we walk to get a cup of coffee?” It is 2 a.m. and my dad is a police officer working the night shift. To his surprise it is Ray Price, Country Western Singer that is asking the question. My dad says, “I am not busy I will be happy to escort you to get a cup of coffee,” Mr. Price returns to his bus and asks if anyone else wants to come. To my dad’s surprise, Willie Nelson joins Ray Price. Oh, during the years, he would meet Festus and many other well-known names. But his biggest claim to fame is the many he’s shared the gospel message to thousands as he has been in the ministry for sixty years. He would not like me to bring this up but while I visiting this week we went to a church in Hydro, Oklahoma where he preached a revival in 1954 and there were at least two women who came up to him and remembered him as the preacher who baptised them. One recently at a different church had her baptism certificate. My time with my father is always a time down memory lane. For each visit I am thankful.
I am thankful for healing of a relationship. Is your relationship with a family member strained? I am thankful for health of my father. Is your family member ill? I am thankful for you? How can I pray for you?
Beloved, my childhood had some rocky places, but God uses rocky places to make us strong. Forgiveness is the key. Walk in forgiveness. This week filled with memory lane but tomorrow filled with the promise of making new memories.
Will you start by making Jesus the Lord of your life? Will you forgive those that you may have a strained relationship? Will you begin to read your bible and pray ? In James 4:7-8 the verse says to resist the devil and he will leave you alone. The next verse is the promise I love and when we draw near to God he will draw near to you. Remember, beloved, He will never leave you or forsake you. Blessings.
What does your memory lane look like? Take time to make a record of memories.