Alan Jackson had a huge hit song from 2003 called “Remember When.” He began by singing, “Remember when I was young and so were you and time stood still and love was all we knew.” The song goes on to remember the ups and downs of his relationship with his wife.
For those who are currently struggling in their marriages, there is power in remembering. Margaret Barber once said, “To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward.” Couples look back to see what brought them together. Couples look back to see what brought them through the difficult times. Couples look back to cherish the memories. Couples look back to gain perspective. Couples look back in hopes of creating a new future.
People should dust off that photo album. People should break out those old home movies. People should rewatch their wedding videos. People should relisten to the love songs they used to listen to. People should once again walk down memory lane. Couples should do these things together. Couples should relive those memories anew.