Friday, December 26, 2014
As I was mulling over the events of this past year, one of the thoughts that troubled me about it was the dear friends I’ve lost contact with. In the case of some, I no longer see them in church and with others, they never contacted us expressing a desire to keep receiving these daily meditations. The bottom line is, I miss them dearly. As I begin to get sentimental over the departure of these dear folks, I started humming a tune I had not heard in ages. It was a favorite love song of mine when I was a teenager back in the fifties. You know, throughout my lifetime there have been songs that bring a tear to my eye every time I hear them. Some were downright corny but they had this effect on me anyway because to me, songs are stories and I took them as such. There are many of them, but three songs in particular are “Puff The Magic Dragon”, George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Mark Schultz’s “Walking Her Home.” This song was one of them also and was titled, “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” by The Five Keys. I just heard it again yesterday for old time’s sake on You Tube. It has a familiar theme, one of a fellow whose gal has left him for another, who according to him, has forgotten he existed. Nevertheless, as these type of songs usually go, he tells her in the end that she may be “out of sight, but not out of his mind.
Although the situation is a bit different, one constant remains: People we love dearly, may be “out of sight”, but they definitely will never be out of our hearts and minds. If you are that “someone” who, for whatever reason, has walked out on those who love you, I want to remind you that you are dearly missed.
Jesus illustrated this truth in His Parable of The Lost Sheep when He said these words:“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:4-6)My prayer today is that those who are out of sight in your life, as well as mine, will come back.
Memory verse for the week: (Psalm 127:) “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him.”