Precious Memories to Flood Your Soul
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But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
When I was a pastor, there was an old gospel song that the old folks loved to sing called Precious Memories. I remember the song because our Minister of Music wouldn’t allow it to be sung in a worship service. He reasoned the song was unfit because it made no reference to Christ. That decision didn’t go over well with the senior members of our congregation.
What I remember about that segment of our congregation was they demonstrated a genuine love for God. I often wondered why that song meant so much to them. They maintained, although the song didn’t mention God, it was all about God.
Precious Memories was written in 1925 by J.B.F. Wright and has been recorded by many country music stars including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Milsap, and Emmylou Harris. Here are the lyrics:
Precious memories, unseen angels,
Sent from somewhere to my soul;
How they linger, ever near me,
And the sacred past unfold.
Precious memories, how they linger,
How they ever flood my soul;
In the stillness of the midnight,
Precious, sacred scenes unfold.
Precious father, loving mother,
Fly across the lonely years;
And old home scenes of my childhood,
In fond memory appears.
In the stillness of the midnight,
Echoes from the past I hear;
Old time singing, gladness bringing,
From that lovely land somewhere.
As I travel on life’s pathway,
Know not what the years may hold;
As I ponder, hope grows fonder,
Precious memories flood my soul.
You may wonder what this song has to do with the Christmas story. Notice how Mary dealt with the events and message of that first Christmas: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” She “treasured” and she “pondered.”
Now that I have reached the age of those dear saints in my church, I can understand the song and why it meant so much to them. They had spent a lifetime of walking with God. Their thinking was filtered through the presence of God in their hearts. All of their precious memories involved God. To them, God was in every word of the song, as He had been involved in every event of their lives.
If not already there, someday you will reach the point of looking back over your life. It’s like standing on a mountaintop and looking out over your precious memories… and as you consider each one you realize God was involved in every step of your journey.
He was there in the celebrations, the victories, and even the disappointments. Despite your many failures, He never gave up on you. The Lord was always there to pick you up and give you another chance — and another. All those times when you didn’t think you could make it, you did. Because God was there.
Mary “pondered” and “treasured” what God had done. These were her precious memories.
As you grow old with God, I pray that your heart will be flooded with the reality of God and the knowledge of His presence and work in your life. May precious memories flood your soul.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Precious Memories
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.