view as web pdf The Joy of Remembering ~ Psalm 104:1-14

My father, Francis Kapa, is 90 years old. At times, when he was sick, he usually described it as a time to remember the days of his life when he was still young. He called it the “Grace of Remembering”. It is so easy to forget all the way that the Lord has led us. “Forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2). This is typified by my father whom I have known and admired for 65 years. Rather than reviewing disappointments, his talk is filled with thankfulness and praise to God.

First, he recalled with thankfulness God’s thankful mercies: his good health, the enjoyment of his family (for he had 27 children), the joy and success of his work, his enriching friendships and the opportunity to serve God. He considers them all gifts - none deserved, but all gratefully received.

He is a model we should follow as his children on a regular basis: the joy of remembering. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name, for he knoweth best!” His will for me is better than my plans. Do not all good gifts come from the Father’s hand? Give loving thanks for the Lord’s lavish gifts.

Bro Isaac Kapa (Tongaren, Kenya)

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