Monday, October 22, 2007

Address Books....

I have a very torn and tattered Address Book that I purchased many, many years ago. I have said to myself so often "I really need to update and replace this address book, put everything in my computer, it's such a mess." I have envelopes stuffed in the pages which contain return addresses I need to add or update - some have been there so long that the stamp prices were .33 cents! (have I procrastinated or what?)

Last week I pulled out that trusty address book to look up an address of a friend. As I turned the pages I noticed the name of a former work mate who passed tragically at a young age... I thought of her family and said a prayer. It then hit me as I continued looking at the names on the pages, how many changes there have been in the lives of the individuals that are included in this address book. Many have passed away and went to be with our sweet Saviour Jesus, some have moved far away, some not so far away; some have gotten married, and sadly , some have gotten divorced. I found that address book to be a tapestry of the many, many family and friends I have been blessed with throughout the years. Some of them were friends for a season, and some have been placed in my life for the long haul. I thought of the song In My Life by The Beatles...

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

I found, an old tattered address book, that I felt needed to be replaced, didn't need to be replaced at all. It was a treasure trove of memories... of people whom I have loved, who touched my life... and a treasure that would be an excellent resource to use in my prayer time. I can pray for people I haven't seen in years, for families who have lost a loved one, for friends new and old. Each individual has a place in my life... it's almost like pieces of a quilt, stitched together with hopes, dreams, & memories bound together by the love of our Father in Heaven.

I encourage you to look at an old address book - really look at it. Think about the names written by your hand on those pages. Think about the people and pray for them - that their name may not just be written in your address book, but also written with God's Mighty Hand in the Book of Life!

5 comments:

Vintage Indie said...

What a lovely post. I love things that hold memories like that.

Cheers.

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Awesome post.

I just so happened to do just that not long ago and ran across a lot of the same types of things. It was very sobering. Yet a wonderful reminder of some good times too.

Blessings,
Sue

Fran said...

That was GREAT! Do you know that just last week, I was all excited to go for a nice long walk with my praise music and my battery was dead on the Ipod. I almost just said "forget it" and move on to the next thing. BUT, the Lord just kept telling me to go on for that walk. I did just that and I ended up lifting up every single person that came across my mind....I spoke a blessing over them and their family. I walked for 40 minutes....thats a long time to come up with names. But, it was the most precious time for me because it stirred up thoughts and memories and very specific requests. It was a sweet time with Jesus.

So...even without an address book, you can find a way to lift up all those precious souls who make up your life quilt.

Have a great week Kristen!
Blessings~

Ang baylis said...

Good idea! The last time I looked at mine I noticed how many people have passed away! It's sad, and a nice feeling at the same time!

Thanks for sharing!
Angie xoxo

Ms O said...

Kristen,

That is a very touching post that I appreciate very much.

Our address book is, also, stuffed to overflowing with so many little details about the lives of our family and friends. It's good to take time to remember them. I do the same with our family recipe boxes and notebooks.

Beautful post. Thank you.

Lea x
(sweetpea)