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Buechner on Remembering

Thomas Whitley

I was looking for this quote the other night, but mistakenly thought it was a Bonhoeffer quote. Glad I found it. Frederick Buechner on remembering:

When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.

For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. When I’m feeling most ghost-like, it is your remembering me that helps remind me that I actually exist. When I’m feeling sad, it’s my consolation. When I’m feeling happy, it’s part of why I feel that way. If you forget me, one of the ways I remember who I am will be gone. If you forget, part of who I am will be gone. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” the good thief said from his cross (Luke 23:42). There are perhaps no more human words in all of Scripture, no prayer we can pray so well.


P.S. Does anyone know the original source of this quote?

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Thomas Whitley

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If you can’t read the quote it says:

“Understanding comes from looking backwards. One day, to those who follow us and who seek to understand us by looking backwards at out lives, by God’s grace may they understand that we made peace.”

The quote is by Dan Goodman, my mentor and friend who died in January.

I took the picture during the summer of 2006 while I was in Sweden. It is the Baltic Sea and in the distance across the water is Stockholm.

P.S. Click here to see the picture larger.