By Frederick Buechner

ISBN-10: 0060611855

ISBN-13: 9780060611859

ISBN-10: 006149268X

ISBN-13: 9780061492686

A Room known as take into account brings jointly a few of Buechner's most interesting writings on religion, love, and the facility of phrases within the kind of essays, addresses, and sermons. right here Buechner explores autobiography as theology, bargains 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 center, we be mindful consciously to recollect the lives now we have lived."

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Does any voice other than a human voice speak in this place? Does any flame other than candle flame on Christmas Eve ever leap here? I think so. I think if you have your ears open, if you have your eyes open, every once in a while some word in even the most unpromising sermon will flame out, some scrap of prayer or anthem, some moment of silence even, the sudden glimpse of somebody you love sitting there near you, or of some stranger whose face without warning touches your heart, will flame out—and these are the moments that speak our names in a way we cannot help hearing.

I think it is hope that lies at our hearts and hope that finally brings us all here. Hope that in spite of all the devastating evidence to the contrary, the ground we stand on is holy ground because Christ walked here and walks HOPE / 35 here still. Hope that we are known, each one of us, by name, and that out of the burning moments of our lives he will call us by our names to the lives he would have us live and the selves he would have us become. Hope that into the secret grief and pain and bewilderment of each of us and of our world he will come at last to heal and to save.

We play down the obscurities and contradictions. What we can’t explain, we explain away. We set Jesus forth as clear-eyed and noble-browed whereas the chances are he can’t have been anything but old before his time once the world started working him over and, once the world was through, his clear eyes swollen shut and his noble brow as much of a shambles as the rest of him. We’re apt to tell his story when we tell it at all, to sell his story, for the poetry and panacea of it. “But we are the aroma of Christ,” Paul says, and the story we are given to tell is a story that smells of his life in all its aliveness, and our commission is to tell it in a way that makes it come alive as a story in all its aliveness and to make those who hear it come alive and God knows to make ourselves come alive too.

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