March 27

Reflection

When we are preoccupied with the hurts of the past, we risk missing opportunities offered for the future. We become numb to newness. Yet, memory can also help us to learn from the past and see the positives. Our memories are a reservoir of our life stories and they can enable us to make choices that will lead us to spiritual maturity. Balance and integration are the essential keys. They enable us to use our memories in a way that can effect for us the fullness of the present and enable our growth for the future.

Prayer

O Spirit of Wisdom, help me to remember what will make me whole and to forget what may impede my growth.

Action

I will try to see “something new” that God is opening for me today.

Suggested Reading

No need to recall the past,
No need to think about what was done before.
See, I am doing a new deed,
Even now it comes to light: can you not see it?
Isaiah 43: 18- 19

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.
Oscar Wilde

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
T.S. Eliot

Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.
Corrie Ten Boom

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
Edward de Bono

We each need to make peace with our own memories. We have all done things that make us flinch.
Surya Das

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
Josh Billings

I’m always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.
Diane Sawyer

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.
Margaret Fairless Barber

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