It is amazing the sounds, sights, smells that cause you to remember a loved one that is gone. I was going through our collection of music the other day. I like to change the music in our CD player periodically so that the children gain an appreciation for a variety of music. I mainly have inspirational, hymns, instrumental, classical, celtic and big band type songs. I brought out my Glenn Miller while I was working in the guest room. "Moonlight Serenade" came on. Instantly, I could see my father sitting in his favorite chair, closing his eyes and moving his hands to the rhythms of the music. He would say, "Jackie, now that was when music was real music!" I cannot hear that song without thinking of my Dad. I accredit my strong interest in big band music to my Dad. He gave me my appreciation for old movies and good music. I guess sometimes those things are taken for granted while our loved ones are with us. And then, when they are gone, something like a song brings all those memories home again. Tears came to my eyes as I thought how nice it would be to sit beside my Dad again and enjoy a good song... to hear him tell my how he used to play those on his saxophone as a young man. I cannot have that again, but I do have my memories. It is just a reminder that although he is not here in body, I will be forever touched by the things we held dear together. And it makes the time I have with those around me much more intentional. What will others remember about me when I am gone? I hope I will bring a smile and a warm feeling to their hearts. The video below is of the song my Dad cherished so much. If you decide to listen, you can pause the playlist at the bottom of the page. And remember today...make your life intentional. Live for Christ, pass on a heritage worth remembering, and may your memory leave smiles for those left behind.