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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
TITLE: Changing Memories
By Hannah Hunter
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The sweet smell of honeysuckle will bring pleasure to an elderly woman who remembers being kissed beside the honeysuckle vine when her dear husband proposed. The same scent will bring seemingly irrational fear to a woman who as a child was assaulted behind bushes overgrown with honeysuckle. She may not even consciously remember the event but the smell will cause the emotions of that time to overwhelm her mind and spirit. Others around her may judge her reaction as crazy or an act to gain attention but for the memory banks of her brain the reaction is perfectly logical based on the stored memories.
As someone who has had my share of “crazy” reactions to seemingly harmless smells, words and pictures I can share hope in a God who heals memories. Through prayer, counseling and caring friends I discovered that when I allow God to open up a memory during a time of prayer and walk through it with me the memory changed. Now, instead of remembering the painful emotions the memory once invoked, I remember God’s loving presence with me in and through it. He becomes the focus of the memory and the hurt gets lost in His love. Situations that once brought horrible pain now bring joy and praise to God for His wonderful goodness to me. As Psalm 145:7 (ASV) says “They shall utter the memory of thy great goodness, And shall sing of thy righteousness. “
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