An Exercise for the Memory

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh began tracking the physical activity and cognitive patterns of nearly 300 adults in 1989. Their research now indicates that walking about six miles a week appears to protect against brain shrinkage in old age, which in turn helps stem the onset of memory problems and cognitive decline.

Maybe a daily walk will help us remember where we left our keys. A regular exercise habit could keep us from forgetting names and appointments. Many of us could use a little help in this area!

Jesus knew that we would need help in remembering him. We even tend to forget the greatest thing that happened in the history of the human race—the fact that Jesus died to save us. So Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. He gave us an exercise to do on a regular basis to improve our memory. “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19) is inscribed on many communion tables. It is a prescription to help prevent memory loss. Communion is an exercise to help us remember.

Don’t miss your exercise this week.

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