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#11 in a series

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The mind of man is filled with memories of the past
Memories which can bring life, or forbid it

Man's pathway is a series of experiences, many beyond his own choosing
Yet, in an awesome way, because they form his memory
They can make him the person he is
And will be

Memories form a pocket, or reservoir within the soul of man
A place for them to accumulate, simmer, and permeate all of his being

As seasoning spread on the outside of food makes its way into the very core
So do memories flavor the entire being of man

Certainly this is not all bad, for it is a capacity God has put within him

But as God gave man capacities which can foster life, or forbid it
And holds him accountable for their appropriate use
So man must act responsibly toward the circumstances of life
And their memories

Were it only the present moment that were of concern
And were it only his own soul that were at stake
The implications would not be so serious

But sweetness begets sweetness
And bitterness, bitterness
And the flavoring of his own future
And those he shares life's path with
Rests, in a way that is almost frightening
On the memories a man allows to permeate his being


Born in 1940, Ken Stoltzfus has worked as a pilot, ordained Christian minister, businessman, missionary to Africa and writer. This is #11 in his series "Poetry and Piety" and is one of many short articles that can be found at

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