By Frederick Buechner
A Room known as keep in mind brings jointly a few of Buechner's best writings on religion, love, and the facility of phrases within the kind of essays, addresses, and sermons. right here Buechner explores autobiography as theology, bargains exhilarating reflections on biblical passages, and leads us into the "room known as Remember," that "still room inside us all the place the previous lives on as a part of the present,...where with endurance, with readability, with quietness of center, we take into account consciously to recollect the lives we've got lived."
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6. Emmanuel MATTHEW 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). ” Christmas is not just Mr. Pickwick dancing a reel with the old lady at Dingley Dell or Scrooge waking up the next morning a changed man. It is not just the spirit of giving abroad in the land with a white beard and reindeer. It is not just the most famous birthday of them all and not just the annual reaffirmation of Peace on Earth that it is often reduced to so that people of many faiths or no faith can exchange Christmas cards without a qualm.
And yet what the letter reminded me of is that yes, story-telling is itself immensely interesting and immensely important. Not just for preachers and preachers-to-be but for Christians in general. Story-telling matters enormously because it is a story, of course, which stands at the heart of our faith and which more perhaps than any other form of discourse speaks to our hearts and illumines our own stories. It is related to what Paul is writing about, I think, in this passage from Corinthians. “We are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word,” he says, and the image is a rich and painfully telling one.
The whole earth is holy because God makes himself known on it, which means that in that sense a church is no holier than any other place. God is not more in a church than he is anywhere else. But what makes a church holy in a special way is that we ourselves are more here. What I mean is that if we come to a church right, we come to it more fully and nakedly ourselves, come with more of our humanness showing, than we are apt to come to most places. We come like Moses with muck on our shoes—footsore and travelstained with the dust of our lives upon us, our failures, our deceits, our hypocrisies, because if, unlike Moses, we have never taken anybody’s life, we have again and again withheld from other people, including often even those who are nearest to us, the love that might have made their lives worth living, not to mention our own.