by Roger Thomas

How Christians Keep from Forgetting
Roger Thomas
Luke 22:14-22

Introduction: Forgetfulness isn't funny, really it isn't! Well, maybe sometimes! Three elderly ladies were discussing the trials of getting older. One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator and can't remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich." The second lady chimed in, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down."

The third one responded, "Well, I'm glad I don't have that problem; knock on wood," she raps her knuckles on the table, then says, "That must be the door, I'll get it."

An anonymous wit describes it this way, "My forgetter's getting better/ but my rememberer is broke. To you that may seem funny, /but to me that is no joke. /For when I'm "here" I'm wondering if I really should be "there," /and when I try to think it through, I haven't got a prayer!

Often times I walk into a room, I say "what am I here for?" /I wrack my brain, but all in vain a zero, is my score. / At times I put something where it is safe, but, Gee! / The person it is safest from generally is me!

When shopping I may see someone, say "Hi" and have a chat, / Then, when the person walks away I ask myself, "who was that?" / Yes, my forgetter's getting better while my rememberer is broke. / It's driving me plumb crazy And that isn't any joke.

Maybe my favorite story is the testimony of the fellow who reported, "This morning, before I had my first cup of coffee and chased the cob webs from my brain, there was a bit of a mess-up with the pills on the kitchen counter. I wish to announce to any of those interested that I will now be heartworm-free for the next 30 days."

Seriously, forgetfulness isn't funny. Maybe we laugh and joke because it is so serious. Our laughter masks the deep down concern we have about the forms of forgetfulness that ...

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