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Old Testament Memoirs

     As I wrote in a recent entry, I enjoy reading memoirs.  I mentioned that I like my memoirists (is that a word?) to be honest about their real experiences ... the good, the bad and the ugly.

     Something I recently came across made me realize the psalms of the Old Testament are often something very close to memoirs.  Yes, they are also sometimes prayers, hymns, liturgies and poems.  There are many different types of psalms.  But many of them are memoirs in the sense they reveal some rather dark issues in the lives of the writers, often followed by deep reflection upon those issues.

     Would you like a few examples?  Take a look at Psalm 102 (a very personal reflection), Psalm 106 (the recounting of Israel's history of rebellion against God) or Psalm 139 (one of the most beautiful and at the same time one of the most unfortunate of psalms -- at least from a 'love your enemy' perspective) if you read it all the way to the end.

    Take some time with the psalms.  Remember that one of the amazing things about our Bible is its inclusion of negative portraits, words and deeds of our forebears.  In the same way that we learn from the mistakes of others when reading memoirs so, too, our holy scripture can provide a similar opportunity.  


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