"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths." (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV) Remembrance Day ceremonies draw us into times past. Cold wind and rain seem appropriate as we hear the names of those from the village who gave their lives for our freedom.
Another day a stream of pleasant memories flows when I dig out the recipe for Minnie Ziegler's light fruit cake. I think of foods prepared only at Christmas, family gatherings and holiday customs. Aunt Alison went to the commons on the far side of the river to cut evergreen boughs for wreaths and swags. She decorated them with papier mache silver bells that, as a child, I was sure were the very bells in the song on the radio.
We're encouraged to remember. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, "Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. (NIV) There's comfort in the memories of happy times with loved ones and a joy that comes with carrying on their traditions. We benefit from the lessons of the past, but I love the "NOWS" in God's Word. A favourite is Hebrews 11:1, "NOW faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (NIV)
In Ephesians 3:20 Paul writes, "NOW" to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!" (NIV)
We stand in Christ at the crossroads reflecting on things past, thankful for His present help, and anticipating His guidance into blessings of the future.