by Tony Nester

Do This in Remembrance of Me
Tony Nester
Luke 22:19-20

Preachers are always on the look out for ideas they can use in their own messages. There's the story of a Presbyterian preacher who while on vacation visited a little Methodist church in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania. It was a hot summer day and folks were uncomfortable and perspiring in the non-air-conditioned sanctuary. The preacher noticed that his audience wasn't paying too much attention to his message. So, to get their attention, he worked into his message these words: "The best years of my life have been spent in the arms of another man's wife."

The congregation let out a gasp and came to immediate attention. The ushers in the back stopped talking among themselves and began to pay attention.

Then the preacher added, "It was my mother."

The congregation tittered a little and paid a bit more attention until the sermon was over.

The Presbyterian preacher who heard this filed it away in his memory for later use in his own church. The next summer on when he noticed his own Congregation seemed to be inattentive to his preaching he decided to use what he had learned from that Methodist preacher. So he said in a booming voice: "The best years of my life have been spent in the arms of another man's wife."

Sure enough, he had their attention! One of the ushers in the back row sat up so fast he hit his head on the back of the pew in front of him! He had them.

But the problem was his memory failed him and he couldn't remember what came next. All he could think to say ways, "..and, for the life of me, I can't remember her name!" (1).

Memory lapses can be funny. Older folks talk about their "senior moments" when a memory lapse occurs. We try to aid our memory by taking certain herbs or practicing mental tricks. But let's put kidding aside. The loss of memory can be devastating. We watch with great sadness as an Alzheimer victim loses one memory after another. Loved ones have to cope ...

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