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Polar Bear In A Bar


A Polar bear walks into a bar and says to the bartender,
"I'll have a gin.........................and tonic."

The Bartender says, "What's with the big pause?"

The bear answers, "I don't know. My father had them, too!"

We Remember
Jill Carattini

Aldous Huxley likened a person's memory to one's own collection of private
literature. Housed within the confines of memory are countless pages of
our own stories, perspectives, and thoughts--vast libraries uniquely
existing within our own heads. It is this personal nature of memory that
no doubt feeds our dismay when minds begin to slip. Forgetfulness is a
fearful quality particularly because it is a quality that seems to erase
part of the very person it describes.

The implications of memory are made known in the earliest pages of
Scripture. But added to the cultural adage of Aldous Huxley is the idea
that this literature can be edited. What we choose to remember affects
who we are. And at that, our private literature is not entirely private.
There is a community aspect to memory as well. Surely we see this played
out within the grumblings of the rescued Israelites. From the wilderness,
the writer of Numbers reports:

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And
the people of Israel also wept again and said, 'Oh that we had meat to
eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the
cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our
strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look
at'" (Numbers 11:4-6).

Recollection, like resentment, is often contagious. In this moment of
hunger, Israel remembered Egypt as a place of produce instead of prison,
and together they declared their longing to return to the place God had
rescued them from. Together they wept; together they remembered; and
together they remained lost in the wilderness. What we choose to
remember affects who we are.

The great creeds of the Church aim themselves at a similar principle. We
confess what we need to remember, what we long to remember. We confess
the promises of God; we confess who we are. The word "creed" comes from
the Latin credo, meaning "I believe." Confessed in unison, we
follow the command of the LORD: "These truths I give you today are to be
upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when
you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and
when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your
foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates"
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

The earliest creeds were used with this power of memory in mind.
Affirmations of belief in God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy
Spirit were bound to hearts and minds. For persons standing on the
precipice of faith, the creed was the statement with which they prepared
themselves to jump, and in so doing, found they had been given something
on which to stand--and to stand in good company.

What we remember in creed and confession is a vast library accounting for
an exciting narrative. As novelist Dorothy Sayers wrote more than 50
years ago:

"The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever
staggered the imagination of man--and the dogma is the drama.... Now we
may call that doctrine exhilarating or we may call it devastating; we may
call it revelation or we may call it rubbish; but if we call it dull, then
words have no meaning at all. That God should play the tyrant over man is
a dismal story of unrelieved oppression; that man should play the tyrant
over man is the usual dreary record of human futility; but that man should
play the tyrant over God and find Him a better man than himself is an
astonishing drama indeed."(1)

What we remember in doctrine and history, faith and belief, so holds our
identity within this great drama. God has given us much worth
remembering, and God has called us to remember it together. "We believe
that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with
Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him" (1 Thessalonians 4:14). These
things we choose to house within the confines of memory are like a great
collection of stories--stories that tell who we are when we stand
with Him.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Dorothy Sayers in Creed or Chaos (Harcourt, Brace and Company,
1949), 3-7, as quoted by Michael Horton in "Creeds and Deeds: How Doctrine
Leads to Doxological Living" Modern Reformation Magazine, Vol. 15,
Number 6.

Copyright (c) 2006 Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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