SPRING FORTH NOW
The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends![ His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Lamentations 3:19-24 (NLT)
Memory has been defined as the faculty of the mind by which data or information is encoded, stored, and retrieved when needed. Further, memory is defined as the retention of information over time to influence future action. Thus, it is in our memory banks which we can draw to confront new experiences with antidotes, safety measures, empowering us to leverage them over whatever we face and yet be victorious, overcoming and inheriting all things. These memory banks hold pain and suffering from our experiences but also within them our victories; the ability to get through them, empowering us to live, despite and in spite of the experience. In addition, our memory banks hold the revelation of God and His Word active and continuously revealing New Mercies in and through our lives, whether we deserve them or not and/or in opposition to the weight of guilt and shame which may be attached to our experiences. God’s revelation and mercy, His compassion and unending love, when released from our memory cause an increase in our efforts to press forward, especially in our difficulties, to overcome them and Breathe: New Life, simply because we remember.