DayBreaks for 05/31/13 – Missing Memory
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I used to be very proud of my memory. I could remember statistics (mostly meaningless), facts, trivia, numbers, names and faces. My memory was so sharp. No I can’t even remember what I’ve forgotten, or where I’ve left my memory. Sometimes it really frustrates me. I just KNOW I should be able to remember that key fact that I read in the paper or magazine. I should be able to remember who a quote came from. But alas…should doesn’t make it so. Most of the time, my “missing memory” is a curse.
At other times, however, missing memory is a blessing. When I look back at my hospitalization and surgery in late November, I really remember very little of it. I hardly remember any pain, and of the week-plus that I spent in the hospital, I’d be very hard pressed to account for 90% of it. And that’s good.
So, sometimes forgetfulness is good. Consider this story, shared by Brennan Manning in his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, about a Catholic woman who was claiming to have visions of Jesus. Word if it reached the archbishop who was skeptical and who decided to check out her story to separate fact from fiction. The story of their encounter goes as follows:
“Is it true, ma’am, that you have visions of Jesus?’ asked the cleric.
“Yes,” the woman replied simply.
“Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession.”
The woman was stunned. “Did I hear you right, bishop? You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past?”
“Exactly. Please call me if anything happens.”
Ten days later, the woman notified her spiritual leader of a recent apparition. “Please come,” she said.
Within the hour the archbishop arrived. He trusted eye-to-eye contact. “You just told me on the telephone that you actually had a vision of Jesus. Did you do what I asked?”
“Yes, bishop, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession.”
The bishop leaned forward with anticipation. His eyes narrowed. “What did Jesus say?”
She took his hand and gazed deep into his eyes. “Bishop,” she said, “these are his exact words: ‘I can’t remember.’”
Isaiah 43:25 – “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
How can it be possible that the blotting out of our sins is “for My own sake” (meaning God)? Perhaps it is as simple as this: because He loves us, if He couldn’t forgive our sins (and forget them), He would have no choice but to destroy all that He has created – and that would break the heart of the Father.
I praise God that through the blood of the Lamb, when he is asked my sins on judgment day, His answer will be “I can’t remember.”
Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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