When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me. Psalm 27:10
Forgetfulness hurts. We’ve all been forgotten and know the pain of expecting someone to remember — to show up, call, write, ask, make time — and coming up empty and alone.
One of the common things seniors deal with is forgetfulness. I have always been a forgetful person to some degree. I think my forgetfulness comes from being too busy. I forget where I leave my phone, put my keys and sometimes, you will be shocked, where I put my last cup of coffee. Oddly though, I am great at remembering conversations and details of things I write. I remember the location in my notebooks of where I write things. I can give you details of where in a notebook something was written, how far in the notebook it is, whether it is on the right or left page, top, middle or bottom of the page. The one thing that I try not to forget is people, especially those I love and call a friend or family.
Everyone reading this has probably felt forgotten at one time or another. Maybe you were not invited to a special event, you were not included in something special or not informed of something that you wish you had known about. I think it hurts us most when it is a family member or close friend whom you feel has left you out.
Our schedules are so busy that often these things happen, not out of spite or hatefulness but out of busyness. I do believe that they dynamics of family has changed over the years. Checking in on my mom, even dropping by each day was a daily event for me. No matter how far away I lived, I called my parents every day just to check in, stay up on their lives and I never missed a holiday family get together. Now before you make excuses that this is because I am woman, my brothers did the same thing. I think this still represents some families today, but even in my own family, I have seen a shift of how families interact with each other.
Maybe your family doesn’t “hang” with you like you wish they would. Maybe you feel alone. Maybe you feel like no one remembers you and you feel like you don’t matter. God never forgets His children. He doesn’t need a memory on Facebook to remind Him of you. He doesn’t need to scan his box of old photos to remember you. He doesn’t need to keep a picture of you hanging on the wall to remember you. He NEVER forget His children and that means you.
Though you may feel forgotten today, your Father will never forget you nor forsake you. You can rest in the Lord today knowing that not only does He remember you but he loves you.