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Lent #13: Bad Memories?

Monday, March 19, 2012

I saw a story on 60 Minutes last night, about a woman who has such an incredible memory, she literally cannot forget a face. For most of us, such a detailed memory is hard to imagine...for some of us, it's not uncommon to walk from one room in the house to another, and forget why we came...

It's certainly true for me - my memory isn't what it used to be!

As I read today's Gospel, I kept thinking about the importance of memory in our spiritual lives. Over and over again in the Old Testament scriptures, the people of Israel were called to "remember" the works of God. In the book of Joshua, there's a story of how the people created a stone monument to mark the place where they crossed the Jordan River...the purpose of the monument was to remind the people of what God had done for them.

When it comes to the ways in which God has blessed us, healed us, and delivered us from so many different trials of life...I think our memories, in general, are really quite bad. We forget so easily, and with the forgetting, our faith in the power of God to intervene in our lives is lessened...even lost.

In the Gospel reading from Mark 7, Jesus heals a man who had been deaf and mute for his entire life. By now, as we follow the story of Jesus' life and ministry, we know that nothing is impossible to Him...nothing is impossible to God...and Jesus himself said, "...if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...nothing will be impossible for you."

But we forget this lesson, don't we? Our forgetfulness may be one of the best reasons yet for reading the scripture on a regular basis, because if nothing else, it is a powerful tool to help us remember the works of God. And in our remembering, we are reminded that God can help us, and that He will.
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    This reminds me of how we do tend to forget the blessings and wonderful things in our lives so easily but we tend to remember the bad things and hurtful things and mean things for so long...........we carry them around until they over shadow all else.
    I have really suffered with this the past week because someone I thought was very close to me really hurt my feelings.............and then I remembered how Jesus/God throws all the bad things about us into the Sea of Forgetfulness when we confess and ask for forgiveness.

    So my lesson this week was to remember how to throw this stuff clouding my good nature into the Sea of Forgetfulness and forgive who did this. In this way I continue on my spiritual journey feeling good about my life and knowing that if that person comes to me I will be my understanding, caring self to them.

    How wonderful it is to remember and be as God would have us be and that comes from reading his word and remembering to put it into our everyday lives.

    Wonderful lesson. Love you gal.
    2226 days ago
    I was going to comment but I forgot what I was going to say. LOL okay joking - good blog again!
    2228 days ago
    I enjoy all of your blogs Susie, this is somehow even better than others. Don't ask me how, I forget, but it truly is wonderful.
    We do forget the good and the many blessings in our lives. We tend to focus on the negative, when we should be focused on the positive. On what God has done for us and continues to do on a daily, hourly basis.

    2229 days ago
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