This month we are looking at memory and how the ways we recall painful things can lead to grace or its opposite. Miroslav Volf's book, Remembring Rightly
looks at how memory of sin can serve good or evil, and whether it is an ultimate and eternal part of responding to experience or part of a process of healing that will, at least in eternity lead to forgetting. You can read a summary and review of Remembering Rightly here
1. Have you ever had an argument because of a different memory or interpretation of memory about a hurtful event or series of events?
2. How has memory helped you become a better lover of God and people?
3. How has memory been a stumbling block in the way of grace and healing?
Here's a quote I found espcially poignant:
"In memory, a wrongdoing often does not remain an isolated stain on the character of the one who committed it; it spreads over and colors his entire character" (p 15)
4. What practical ways can we invite God to help keep our memories and interpretations of events seasoned with salt and light?
5 Did you uncover any provocative quotes you'd like to share, or angles that would be helpful for us to explore?
Feel free to get into this topic even if you haven't read the book; the important thing is to wrestle with the ideas! :)
Labels: Book Discussions, Social Justice, Spiritual Formation, The End of Memory