March 7, 2017

A Room Called Remember: Uncollected Pieces by Frederick Buechner

By Frederick Buechner

A Room known as take into accout brings jointly a few of Buechner's most interesting writings on religion, love, and the facility of phrases within the type of essays, addresses, and sermons. the following Buechner explores autobiography as theology, deals 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 prior lives on as a part of the present,...where with persistence, with readability, with quietness of middle, we keep in mind consciously to recollect the lives we've got lived."

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Hear! Listen! And not just O Israel, hear, but O World, O Everybody, O Thou, O every last man and woman of us because we are all of us called to become Israel by hearing lest instead we become Israel by not hearing and thus like her in her apostasy instead of in her faith. Nor is it just the text in Deuteronomy that is calling out to us to hear but the entire text of the Bible as a whole. We are to hear. All of us are. That is what the whole Bible is calling out. ” LOVE / 37 But hear what? Hear what?

And in that wilderness several small things happened that were not of that wilderness because they were of a far country. Two total strangers found their way to me, both of them ministers, offering more than just help because LOVE / 43 what they offered was themselves in a way that made me understand for the first time what the word Christendom means—Christ’s domain or dominion, the King’s kingdom. And one night I heard compline sung in a great, bare church—sat in the coolness and dimness of it with nothing I had to say or be or do except just to let the chanting voices—grave, dispassionate, unearthly—wash over me like air from a far country.

Make thy will done in them. Make our stone hearts cry out thy kingship. Make us holy and human at last that we may do the work of thy love. 4. Love DEUTERONOMY 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

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