Woman reminiscingStatesman John Jay, when asked about his retirement years said, “I have a long life to look back on, and an eternity to look forward to.”

That is true for all older Christian women, widowed or not.

As a veteran widow, I understand living in the present and pulling precious memories from the past. No matter where we travel, our stored memories don’t take up luggage space.

I enjoy revisiting the trip my late husband and I took to Israel many years ago. I have a full picture album and a written journal to go with it.

Dear widow, when I am going through a narrow place in my life, whether it’s financial, health issues, family or whatever, I take time to make my favorite beverage, sit quietly, and reflect. Stored moments can be retrieved, revived, and relived.

God, in His goodness made our brains so that we can enjoy today and reminiscence about the past. I can choose where my thoughts linger, either I dwell on the death of my husband or on the pleasant memories we shared. I prefer positive thoughts.

I love to read my Bible early each morning, get on the treadmill and pray. I don’t live in the past, because I find my life now is full and rewarding. I look forward to the freshness of the day, with all its new challenges.

As Philippians 3:13 says, “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

Enjoying the past, living in the present, and looking forward to Heaven, brings me happiness.