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Mother Gladys White McCarthy

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist on 7/10/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family extends its sincerest condolences to Bro. Lorenzo McCarthy and Family for the loss of their beloved Mother. We are keeping the family lifted in prayer. Read More

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Sis. Deloris Ashley

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist on 7/8/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family is lifting Sis. Ashley in prayer as she recovers. Read More

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Bro. Leroy and Sis. Lucy Lucas

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist on 7/8/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family is lifting Bro. and Sis. Lucas and their family in prayer during their illness. Read More

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Sis. Jackie Schell

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist Church on 7/7/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family is lifting Sis. Schell in prayer as she recovers at home. Read More

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Daughter & Family

 posted by: Anon on 6/27/2018

Please pray for my 16-year-old daughter as she deals with an eating disorder. Please pray that she be healed and for help getting through the healing process. Please also pray for my wife and me, that we best support our daughter and each other... Read More

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Nostalgia: Handle with Care

 

Nostalgia: Handle with Care 

“Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
IT’S HARD TO REACH FORWARD AND BACKWARD AT THE SAME TIME. Yet I fear that’s the very thing we often try to do. We say we’re reaching forward, but the pull of nostalgia can tug at our hearts so strongly that we catch ourselves trying to make the world like it USED to be rather than the way it OUGHT to be, as if “used to be” and “ought to be” were exactly synonymous. The net effect of our exertions in life is often more backward than forward.
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and not many folks love it any more than I do. But nostalgia must be handled with care. If we don’t watch out, it can hinder us in our journey toward God. So here are a few tips on enjoying the past in a helpful, healthful way.
(1) WHATEVER GOOD MAY HAVE BEEN DONE PREVIOUSLY, TODAY IS THE ONLY DAY ANY NEW ACTIVITY CAN BE DONE. We can enjoy the past, and we can certainly learn from it. But yesterday’s work is already done, and that work won’t suffice for today. Thinking about the past (or anything else, for that matter) can’t be a substitute for today’s action.
(2) WE MUST LEARN TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE PAST WITHOUT WORSHIPING IT. Having the right attitude toward past, present, and future is a matter of BALANCE. If there are good things about the days gone by, we must love those things neither too little nor too much. Maintaining that balance requires making frequent adjustments.
(3) EVEN IF THE PAST WAS BETTER THAN THE PRESENT IN SOME WAYS, IT IS FRUITLESS TO WONDER WHY. None of us — not even the philosophers — have enough information to answer the question, “Why is the world changing as it is?” The farmer must stick to seed-sowing and not worry too much why the weather’s not what it used to be.
When we get to wondering “Why were the former days better than these?” we need to understand that THE PAST WASN’T REALLY AS WONDERFUL AS WE REMEMBER IT. After all, our memories are quite selective, remembering a few pleasant things and forgetting others that weren’t so pleasant. So while the good old days may do our hearts good to ponder, they don’t serve very well as a goal for the future.
“Through the centuries the people have dreamed of a Golden Age and longed for its return, unconscious that they dream of a day that has never been” (Guy E. Shipler).
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com

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