“Every time I hear that song, I go back” these are lyrics to a song by Kenny Chesney, truth is most of you have experienced this at one time or another long before you were reminded by that 2004 hit. A certain song comes on the radio and instantly you remember a person or a place that marked your life.
When I hear “Dust in the Wind” I’m in Daytona Beach laughing uncontrollably as I picture Daws on the high dive serenading everyone around. “Cat Scratch Fever” begins to play and I’m sitting in a locker room watching Joe Bryne lace up his shoes to the rhythm of the song. “The Load-Out/Stay” plays by Jackson Browne and I see Silk speeding into the ballpark in the Mustard Mobile.
Well it happened today! Roundabout by Yes came on the radio, “I go back” to a time when my brother Steve was playing that song on his acoustic guitar. The guitar riff in the beginning was all it took. Tears? No! A huge smile came across my face. I started thinking about great times and big laughs. I loved that moment!
As a pastor, I speak at a lot of funerals. Typically I will share with the grieving family that memories are the true family heirlooms we pass on from generation to generation. It is not about stuff. What do you know, I was right. The treasure I received today will never tarnish or lose value. It will forever be a gift I can keep, hold onto and cherish. What a glorious afternoon!
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
If you have lost someone you loved, “go back” hold onto their memory and pass on the treasures that made them so special to you!
Warren Zevon is singing “Werewolves of London” on this one I remember… I think I should just keep this one to myself!