Confess|ing & Community

 

In confession the break-through to community takes place. Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him. And the more deeply he becomes in it, the more disastrous is his isolation. Sin wants to remain unknown.

Dietrich Bonheoffer in Life Together

Forgive|ing: Dis-membered or Re-membered?

“Forgiveness is less a matter of forgive and forget than of forgive and re-member—re-membering in ways that bring healing. When we remember we take the broken pieces of our lives—lives that have been dis-membered by tragedy and injustice, and we re-member them into something whole. Forgetting an atrocious offense, personally or corporately, may not be possible, but all of us can and do make decisions about how we re-member what we cannot forget.”

From Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcends Tragegy