If you are like most Americans,
somewhere on your bookshelves or in your closet is your high school
yearbook. It’s a collection of grainy, black and white photos for those a
bit older; color is now in fashion. But the photography doesn’t seem to
You look at it, turn the pages,
and you wonder: where are they now? What do they look like
today? Some look the same, give or take a wrinkle or two. Others
are very different. Sometimes the handsome athlete in high school is now
fat, bald and old.
Memories. The book triggers
memories for each of us. See if your heart knows of these:
loves. Those we actually dated, or those we only dreamed of dating.
Life has moved on, but still we imagine, “what if?”
friends. A picture stirs a memory; a friend you have not seen in years
suddenly appears in your mind. You wish you could share a meal and old
times with them.
old enemies. Sometimes a face conjures up the memories of pain and insult.
Not all of us can be star athletes, and some of the stars are very mean people.
Memories; they come in the
Lord’s Supper as well. We are told to remember what He did for us at the
Cross. See if these look familiar:
love. Do you still have the fire in your faith? Does your heart
ache when you meet someone who refuses to meet the Master? Or have the
flames become embers, enough to warm you, but giving no light?
Friend. How long has it been since you walked with Jesus, sharing your
heart with Him? Does He know your heartaches? Does He know your
desires? Or are you hoping you don’t meet Him?
Enemy. Does Satan have you by the throat? A sin that you just can’t
seem to get rid of, no matter what you do?
All of these find their answer at
the Cross. The Lover of your soul still desires your love; the old Friend
still has room for you to share your hurts and desires. His triumph over
our enemy is in fact what we celebrate at the Lord’s Supper. Come to Him,
confessing your sins, confiding your troubles and sharing your dreams. He
ransomed you; He will not turn you away. Bring your hopes and
disappointments to Him, for He cares for you.