The following quote is from Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf. I found it very appropriate as we reflect on the horrors of September 11.
“The memory of sin must be kept alive for a while, as long as it is needed for repentance and transformation to occur. But then it must be let die, so that the fractured relationship of the divine mother and her all too human child may be fully healed. The memory of offense, sustained beyond repentance, clouds both the memory of past love and the vision of future reconciliation. The loss of this memory—the memory of iniquities—brings back the child into the mother’s arms, already outstretched toward it because she would not lose the memory of their embrace”
God may we find your peace within your embrace.
Well, many of you might have gathered from the title that I am in Greece traveling with the a group of Hardin-Simmons University Honors students around Greece. We will be here for 10 days and be traveling to all the places that Paul journeyed. We started our tour in Corinth standing in the same place that Paul stood where he was accused in Acts 18 by Gallio. That was pretty awesome experience to stand the same place as Paul. Despite my differences on how Paul sometimes comes across it was still exhilarating to be in the same spot as the man who brought Christianity to the European world. We then traveled to Athens to see the Acropolis and Mars Hill. Both are located on the top of the mountain looking over Athens. The Acropolis despite its damage is truly a remarkable sight. To think that both Plato and Aristotle and Paul both walked on the same ground that I did was truly breathtaking.
Today we left Athens and traveled to the Oracle at Delphi. Here we know is where Socrates got his famous words that he was the wisest man on earth because he knew that he knew nothing and that he is to know thy self. This is the philosophical view that would change the Western world. Socrates in many ways is the beginning of Western philosophy and culture. (Forgive me for those who love the early philosophers such as Pythagoras, Thales etc) The trip so far has been very enlightening and has help me understand how rich Greece’s history is. While I might be postmodern in almost all respects, it is still a wondrous experience to walk in the same places that Paul, Aristotle, Socrates and Plato walked. I truly thankful that I am able to be in this wonderful place. More to follow soon. Just wanted to write a quick response. I am hoping to write more soon.