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Sometime in 2011 a new trend surfaced on social media sites, which we have come to know as Throwback Thursday (also known as #tbt). Every Thursday there is an online party of old pictures that reminisce about older days so we can laugh at how we dressed, remember a funny moment, or reminisce over a sentimental time.

My sister posted an old family picture on Facebook recently and I found myself staring at it, remembering vividly the events surrounding the photo. We were visiting my aunt and uncle on their farm in New York and my aunt was taking our family photo. Just before the photo was snapped, my sister retrieved a cookie from her dress pocket to eat. Instead of smiling for the picture, all I could think about was how much I wanted a cookie too. Looking back, I find humor in a situation that once brought me great annoyance.

To me the gospels are almost like snapshots of the life of Christ. Imagine looking at pictures from the wedding in Cana when Jesus turned the water into wine, Nicodemus from a dark rooftop being told he needed to be born again, or even watching from the campfire when Peter denied Christ 3 times and the old rooster crowed.  Over the next few weeks we get to have a throwback season leading up to Easter. I am looking forward to reminiscing over the “photo album” in the book of John and remembering and meditating over The Moments that led up to the single most defining event in history when Jesus sacrificed his life and rose again.

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2 (NLT)

Tina Stephens