By Frederick Buechner
A Room known as take note brings jointly a few of Buechner's most interesting writings on religion, love, and the ability 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 referred to as Remember," that "still room inside of us all the place the earlier lives on as a part of the present,...where with persistence, with readability, with quietness of center, we consider consciously to recollect the lives we've lived."
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I loved him because I couldn’t help myself. I loved him because the one who commands us to love is the one who also empowers us to love, as there in the wilderness of that dark and terrible time I was, through no doing of my own, empowered to love him at least a little, at least enough to survive. And in the midst of it, these small things happened that were as big as heaven and earth because through them a hope beyond hopelessness happened. ” O Israel, hope. Have faith. Above all, love. You shall 44 / A ROOM CALLED REMEMBER love the Lord your God.
God grant it is also THE TWO STORIES / 51 where you are heading for. So that is the story to remember. That is the story beyond all stories to tell. The story of Jesus is full of darkness as well as of light. It is a story that hides more than it reveals. It is the story of a mystery we must never assume we understand and that comes to us breathless and broken with unspeakable beauty at the heart of it yet by no means a pretty story though that is the way we’re apt to peddle it much of the time.
What are all these churches we keep coming to, year in and year out? A church in the sense of a building is walls and a roof erected on the proposition that this ancient story of Moses and his burning bush is somehow true—that however you choose to explain that story, you cannot all that easily explain it away. Something extraordinary took place a long time ago on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aquabah, and our presence in churches, and the presence of millions like us, is evidence that the reverberations of that event are felt to this day.
A Room Called Remember: Uncollected Pieces by Frederick Buechner