Most of us have recorded in our brains that the Israelites spent 40 years in the Wilderness. The first lesson in today's Daily Office readings features that this was not so. They got very, very close much sooner, close enough to send some scouts ahead and check things out. But when fear of the current residents gripped them, God then sent them to meander in the wilderness for 40 years while the untrusting generation died off. Indeed, they were so close that when the 40-year plan was announced, some charged the nearby hill planning to enter Canaan, but fell to their death in battle without God's support.
Just like we may have recorded an errant impression about this little fact, our brains record other errors. We might get bad or limited information; we might mishear or misrecall. We might just remember things the way we'd like them to have been. Two people who witness an event never report it identically. As a lawyer, I always suspected collusion if reports were identical.
What does this have to do with following Jesus? It is hard to love one another as Christ loved us when we have totally different impressions of what is going on!! That is the #1 thing Jesus asked us to do. We must start by accepting that there can be no loving without listening, geared toward melding our memories.
You will want to participate in today's worship, with a sermon all about memories and the art of listening. Click right here. Then hit the play arrow.
Pastor Kathleen Kelly,
In The Big Broadcast of 1938, divorcees played by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross try to
remember only the best of times when singing "Thanks for the Memories."