I can’t remember

Update:  Just a quick update before I move on to what I want to share with you today.  My grandma is still alive.  She’s not eating or drinking and her kidneys continue to fail.  I can’t imagine this will go on much longer. I continue to pray that these last moments with grandma are ones that create precious memories that last a life time.  Thank you again for your prayers.

Now on to what I want to share with you…

I am participating in a book discussion group with two close friends of mine.  The book we are discussing is The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.  It is a wonderfully rich book talking about God’s amazing grace for each one of us.  It is a book I read a number of years ago, but it has been great to dive into it again and discuss it.

Yesterday we read a chapter that largely dealt with our response to this awesome grace.  As he is talking about responding to God’s grace with trust, Manning shares the following story:

Four years ago in a large city in the far West, rumors spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus.  The reports reached the archbishop.  He decided to check her out.  There is always a fine line between authentic mystic and the lunatic fringe.
    "Is it true, m’am, that you have visions of Jesus?" asked the cleric.  "Yes", the woman replied simply.  "Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession."  The woman was stunned.  "Did I hear you right, bishop?  You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past?"
    "Exactly.  Please call me if anything happens."
    Ten days later the woman notified her spiritual leader of a recent apparition. "Please come", she said.
    Within the hour the archbishop arrived.  "You just told me on the telephone that you actually had a vision of Jesus.  Did you do what I asked?"
    "Yes, bishop, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession."
    The bishop leaned forward with anticipation.  His eyes narrowed.  "What did Jesus say?"
    She took his hands and gazed deep into his eyes. "Bishop," she said, "these are his exact words: ‘I CAN’T REMEMBER."

Bennan Manning continues:  "Christianity happens when men and women accept with unwavering trust that their sins have not only been forgiven but forgotten, washed away in the blood of the Lamb"

What an excellent reminder of this awesome love, grace and forgiveness of this amazing God we have.  Not only does God forgive us our sins, but God forgets them.  We forgive each other, but we never truly forget.  And because we never forget, when a person continues to sin against us it can get harder and harder to forgive them.  But God does not have that problem.  And thank God for that.

Praise be to God…ALWAYS and forever…Amen!

-edh-

6 thoughts on “I can’t remember

  1. That’s a great parable. As far as the East is from the West. Yes Sir that my Jesus 🙂

    As I read today of an Adulterous affair that the Mayor of Detroit committed with his chief of staff and the 9 million in damages given to two fired Detroit Police officers I am reminded as I cast judgment of this very grace filled concept of forgiveness. Though I think he will go to prison, that forgiveness is a true gift from God that for the most part we choose not to accept. In prison it is a hard truth that the God who loves and forgives me, also loves and forgiveness my enemy.

    Peace out
    Rick

  2. Brother

    Jane was right, It’s all going to be alright,

    Sorry to hear of your Grandmother, It was my Grandmother who has been dead now these 25 years that was the spark that led me to Christ, and as a old dude now I know that she is waiting for me on the other side of the curtain.

    Blessings for you to be cared for by your congregation, That is a sweet perfume.

    Immanuel

    Rick

  3. I just finished reading Ragamuffin Gospel within the last week or two. I read it while working at a local Rescue Mission for the homeless. And the page you described was earmarked in my book after I read it. May we learn to trust in that grace and forgiveness, or as Gerhard Forde once said,” Remember above all, that the promise of the Father, the power from on high is, above all, the power of forgiveness. Don’t forget to claim that also for yourself. You are not called to carry the world on your back. You are not called to be religious megalomaniacs, gurus or whatever. You are witnesses. You see, there is a real good news here for you, too. You aren’t called to do it all. Just to bear witness. God will take it from there. You will be clothed with power from on high. Speak that word of forgiveness! Preach it! ” And may your family continue to feel the warm loving embrace of God as your grandmother’s journey continues.

  4. Diane — From reading Brennan Manning, I think Manning and Forde are indeed kindred spirits.

    Rick — Good to hear from you again. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

    L and G — Thanks for the comment and for the post on your site.

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