Monday, June 7, 2010

remembering

"The time is ripe for looking back over the day, the week, the year, and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to, for sifting through the things we have done and the things we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming. But again and again we avoid the long thoughts….We cling to the present out of wariness of the past. And why not, after all? We get confused. We need such escape as we can find. But there is a deeper need yet, I think, and that is the need—not all the time, surely, but from time to time—to enter that still room within us all where the past lives on as a part of the present, where the dead are alive again, where we are most alive ourselves to turnings and to where our journeys have brought us. The name of the room is Remember—the room where with patience, with charity, with quietness of heart, we remember consciously to remember the lives we have lived." Frederick Buechner (A Room Called Remember: Uncollected Pieces)

2 comments:

Bernard said...

Those who remember, ensure that the past is not wasted, but used to pave the way into the future.

rehoboth said...

I reading Deuteronomy at the moment. Remembrance is a constant theme.
Remember God's commands:Dt 6:6-9
Remember your deliverance: Dt 6:12
Remember God led you to the place you are now Dt 8:2
Remember you are weak and God is strong: 9:7

God bless
Carol