Spiritual Journey Thursday – Cherish

Thank you, Margaret, for inviting us to join in the Spiritual Journey Thursday sharing today.

Cherish – my one little word.

In 2024, I want to focus my attention on cherishing, based on the two greatest commandments of Jesus:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39

I appreciated all the synonyms of cherish that fit those two commandments.

Adore, honor, revere, and worship God

Cultivate, entertain, and care for others

Treasure, hold dear, and appreciate this life of mine

(with an accidental acronym of my 2023 word, act)

I can’t help but think of The Association’s song “Cherish,” an old sappy tune from 1966. The record had significant success, so when the record label suggested the song was “too old and archaic,” it made Jim Yester, an original member of The Association, say that it “just showed we can have archaic and eat it, too.”

Then there is Madonna’s “Cherish” from 1989.

Finally, on the cherish song front, here is a wedding song by Mark Wills.