A thousand years to you are like one day;
they are like yesterday, already gone,
like a short hour in the night.
– Psalm 90: 4
This summer sees the release of a new feel-good movie called ‘Yesterday’ which considers a world where the Beatles have been forgotten by everyone except one person and the rediscovery of their music causes a stir.
It’s hard to imagine a world where the Beatles will be forgotten.
I recently went back home to take the bicentenary service celebrating 200 years of Methodism in Meltham and I certainly was remembered as many turned up from various churches because I was taking the service. In some ways it was as if it was ‘yesterday’ and very little had changed. There were some very emotional people after the service as they not only remembered me, but my parents and husband who are no longer with us, but had been a big part of their lives. It reminded them of the good old days and how things have changed. And maybe it also reminded them of their own mortality and what the future might hold. It is said that one of the things that makes people afraid about dying is that they will be forgotten.
It’s hard to imagine a world without us here.
Yet I also was blessed by a few of the people who it appeared had not aged or changed over the last nine years and had that same spark as they had all those years ago. They definitely were like a feel-good movie and made me feel inspired about what is going on there, and encouraged for my own future.
Maybe the question for us all as we face our yesterdays and tomorrows is ‘Are we the type of person who does remember God and cause a stir as we share his love and justice in the world?’
Then we will be a gift to our world today, in the present, and make a difference.
And we can all be assured that whatever our yesterdays, what we have done in the past, or whatever we face in the future, God remembers us. We are not forgotten.
The Lord has mercy on those who respect him, as a father has mercy on his children.
He knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust.
Human life is like grass; we grow like a flower in the field.
After the wind blows, the flower is gone, and there is no sign of where it was.
But the Lord’s love for those who respect him continues forever and ever, and his goodness continues to their grandchildren.
– Psalm 103: 13-17
At the end of the service we thought about the reported last words of John Wesley and sang
Best of all is God is with us,
life goes on and needs are met,
God is strongest in our weakness.
Love renews, will not forget.
– Andrew Pratt (610 in Singing the Faith)