That title probably sounds weird…even wrong. No memory of sin should be sweet. Of course not, but bear with me. Many of you know I am a homeschool mom. My oldest daughter will be reading St. Augustine’s Confessions this fall. I’ve been re-reading it in order to write a discussion guide for us to use. I came across this passage:
“I must now carry my thoughts back to the abominable things I did in those days….the memory is bitter, but it will help me to savour your sweetness, the sweetness that does not deceive but brings real joy and never fails.” ~ st. augustine
That completely changed my view of the past. While before it brought me low and I used it as a warning never to allow myself to be deceived again. It’s different now. Sweeter. It’s still a good reminder to beware, but now it also draws me into praise.
My Savior gave himself as a sacrifice, so that I could be at peace before my God. Now, instead of being weighed down with guilt, I smell the sweet aroma of the sacrificial atonement. No wonder the Old Testament sacrifices were such a pleasing aroma to God. They brought to His mind the willing love and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Now, if something reminds me of the past, I think of the Savior’s gift and look toward the future, where I will dwell with my God. When I do that, my heart swells with love and praise for him. That is definitely sweet.