Title: I Donít Recall
Date: November 25, 2012
My friend recalls every word he’s ever read. In one conversation, he’ll quote from Dr. Seuss and Plato’s Republic. He remembers everything that’s ever happened to him, including all the things he struggles to forgive.
Maybe there’s a moral superiority in having a poor memory. I heard a reporter talking about an international debt that one country whose name is, is, is – I forget … anyway this country owes that country a billion dollars. She said, “It’ll take serious diplomacy for the debt to be forgiven and forgotten.” Forgive and forget – I’m pretty sure I’d remember if a nation owned me a billion dollars. She was using a figure of speech that most folks think comes from the Bible. Forgive and forget, the common wisdom holds, amounts to moral superiority.
Only, it’s not in the Bible. Of course, those of us with poor memories could be considered morally superior by virtue of actually forgetting many of the slights we’ve suffered.
If anything, we’re more likely called to forgive and remember. That’s tougher to do anyway, when you think about it. When the Teacher talked about forgiveness, he said, “Forgive others and God will forgive you.” There’s nothing about forgetting.
My friend will say, “How can you be nice to that person? He’s so-and-so who said such-and-such that hurt you so much.” And I’ll say, “Geez, I forgot that.”
It may look like moral superiority on the outside, but really, it’s just a bad memory.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, we ask for the courage to forgive those who’ve hurt us. Heal us of our wounds. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Forgive and be forgiven.