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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?

Now comes the nightFeel it fading awayAnd the soul underneathIs it all that remains?So just slide over hereLeave your fear in the frayLet us hold to each other‘Til the end of our days.

Thomas Whitley

Now comes the night
Feel it fading away
And the soul underneath
Is it all that remains?
So just slide over here
Leave your fear in the fray
Let us hold to each other
‘Til the end of our days.
“Now Comes the Night” by Rob Thomas.

Gods die when the visions they support disintegrate. They do not die, however, at the same time or in the same way for everyone. Even if the death of God does take place, in one way or another, that passing does not mean so much that religious ending has been reached but that beginnings have been made possible for new and different encounters with the source and ground of our being within history itself.

Thomas Whitley

Gods die when the visions they support disintegrate. They do not die, however, at the same time or in the same way for everyone. Even if the death of God does take place, in one way or another, that passing does not mean so much that religious ending has been reached but that beginnings have been made possible for new and different encounters with the source and ground of our being within history itself.
John K. Roth, “The Holocaust, Genocide, and Radical Theology: An Assessment of the Death of God Movement” in Stephen R Haynes and John K. Roth, eds., The Death of God Movement and the Holocaust: Radical Theology Encounters the Shoah (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999), 74. Italics mine.