Good Morning February 10

When we get older we often reminisce about things in the past. (Or is it just that the short term memory is shot! Oh well. As I think was saying…) It really is more than just reminiscing. As a boy I grew up with my great grandfather. When he was a boy he remembered soldiers coming back from the Civil War, and of seeing Lincoln’s funeral train pass through Baltimore. I’ve always felt that this gives me a personal sense of history that goes back 150 years. We recently visited the Gettysburg battle fields and saw all that happened there. It really was not all that long ago, and there are many lessons to be learned. This is true through all the thousands of years of human history. That sense of history is important, lest we grow arrogant in thinking we are the best and wisest of all generations. History is more than memorizing a bunch of dates and events. It is learning and applying the wisdom of past generation, and also seeing and avoiding their errors. I’m not sure we do it all that well. It is even more important to learn the lessons from our Jewish and Christian ancestors of Biblical history. As Christians we are to “ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.” (Jeremiah 6:16) There God will show us what we need for today.