Bringing to remembrance

Clinging to past injustices and hurts can lead us to think of them as a permanent part of our lives.

When experiences seem harsh, injustices go unchecked, appreciation is lacking, and friends are unfaithful, do we sometimes throw up a tent around these images of hate to house them and give them a home within our consciousness? We don't have to. Nor do we need to believe that bitterness or sorrow is inevitable.

Right where bitterness would make its camping ground in our experience, the sweet words of Scripture can be accepted—and proved—that we are not alone in our struggle to refuse evil, because our God is there! Just as God was with the children of Israel in their quest for freedom, He is with us, with you and with me. When we understand this, we gain a consciousness devoted to God, one that is freed of whatever idol or tent of hate we may be tempted to set up. We can apply to the "city" of our consciousness Ezekiel's words "The name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there." Ezek. 48:35. And because God, Love, is there always, man, the totally spiritual expression of Love, is likewise there.

June 12, 1989

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