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Tasha Jun is a melancholy dreamer, a biracial Korean American storyteller, wife to Matt, and mama to three little warriors. As long as she can remember, she’s lived and stood in places where cultures collide. Writing has always been the way God has led her towards home and the hope...

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  1. Thank you for this beautifully written reminder of how important the past is to not be erased but to give perspective to our here & now & the hope of where we want to be. And praise God He has given us the way to heaven we could never obtain for ourselves! Bless you!

    • Hi Ruth, Thank you. Indeed, though I wish much of it could be erased with time because of how atrocious so much of it is, the only way forward is to remember, face it in our past and in ourselves, grieve, and work towards restoration, reparation and the liberation of all people, because of what Jesus has done for all of us.

  2. Remembering what God has done, and remembering those who have gone before us as we miss their presence in our lives. It reminds us that we also will be leaving a legacy, so contemplate and pray about what that will be. Thank You for the topic of Remembering this morning.

  3. Wow wow wow!! This was a beautiful message snd so many , myself included, need to hear . The Lord has done so much for us and I need to remember snd live it everyday and thank Him for His redemption.
    You are an amazing writer..

  4. Tasha:

    Thank you for reminding me of the importance of remembering, as well as knowing that the passage of time does not automatically make us better people; as you said, We cannot do better if we believe that the mere passage of time has the power to make us better humans. We do better by remembering and learning how to improve because we remember. Your post resonates with me in ways I never thought of. I’m always mocked about my memory, but now, I thank God He has given me that capacity because in knowing better, I strive to do better and be a better human being. I process at my own pace on my journey and that includes remembering. God bless you.

    • Amen, Leutisha, I’ve often wished time could make things go away, but they keep coming back if we don’t face them – as individuals and in community. Thank you for being willing to look back and see what was, while looking to move forward, not in your own power, but with clarity and in the hope Jesus gives us as we lament, repent, seek reparation and restoration and let our hearts and lives be changed.

  5. every country in the world held slaves….many are still enslaved in one form or another….every race came here from another country with the exception of the indians….and yet only one group is held responsible for the failings of all other races or people…I refuse to lump everyone into a race we are all people of different ethnicity and origin and creeds and color….I came from a very poor family and in a poor neighborhood….no car…mom walked to work and us to school…neighbors had to bring us to the grocery…we were friends with all races in our neighborhood…still are 60 years later…and I dont blame anyone for our family’s meager beginnings….in fact I’m grateful God provided food clothing and shelter and education….all on which we built our future…is it fair to blame a nation on the failings of some….we all fall short….we are all sinners…but we can all be forgiven even our ancestors who failed as well….God bless us all with peace in our hearts and love for all….

    • Lila,

      I’m a bit shocked by your comments. Your very first sentence acknowledges the fact that humans all over the world have been complicit in the oppression and abuse of other humans…yes, what is your response to that? To deflect, ignore, and justify. That is very sad.

      The whole point of Tasha’s article was to acknowledge the darkness of human history, to seek to repair and restore as best we can, and create a better path forward. That’s something that we all must do.

      Instead of focusing on the blame game, I challenge you to consider what role you can play and how you can work toward a healthier, more loving future. And please listen to voices of color as you do.

      Michelle

    • Hi Lila,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and where you are coming from. However, I want to be clear that “blaming a nation on the failings of some,” misses the point of my article. Even if we did not actively participate in the actions of one of our ancestors, it’s important to realize that the consequences of their actions do not stay confined to their personal lives and the time they lived. We are impacted by history – the good and the bad – and some of the actions that were set in motion in our nation and in many other nations have created entire systems that continue to oppress people made in the image of God. Without facing the reality of this, we cannot move forward.

  6. A beautiful message wonderfully written. You’re article sparked a vision for me of all the statues and monuments being destroyed across our nation. I think of this a tragic mistake. While the statues may be a sad reminder or hurtful memories they are reminders of our history. We, our children and our children’s children need to be able to process the past as you so eloquently wrote… “my children will need space to lament the pains of the past connected to our family heritage, our spiritual heritage, our nation, and our world, along with the celebration and the goodness of everyday life.” How else does one learn not to repeat the tragedies of the past wile working towards a harmonious future. Thank you for your article Tasha, your writing ability is truly a gift from God.

    • Hi Luana,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words. I wanted to note that there’s a difference between the memorial stones I wrote about from my time living in Germany, and keeping statues and monuments of leaders who led in atrocious and shameful parts of a nation’s history. There are no monuments of Hitler or symbols of Nazi Germany that still stand today. There’s no honoring of the leaders who actively oppressed others, or any kind of nostalgia paired with them. Instead, the memorial stones ask the people of today to remember those whose lives were taken, and those who were oppressed. I think it’s a devastatingly right way to remember the past, and the right way to look to the future. We cannot lament a history we don’t face.

  7. Tasha, this is so good! You have explained this concept in a new way. We must remember and grieve so that we might avoid making similar mistakes. Thank you for your wonderful illustrations. Painful memories are real and help us face real stumbling stones.

  8. So beautifully written . I had no idea about the cobblestones in Germany even though I have friends who have lived there in the past. Honoring memories is so important and perhaps this is what we need to do more than ever to help heal all the hurts.

    • Thank you, Madeline. I believe there are some cities chose to put the memorials “stones” on places of residence instead of on the ground, but still, the reason is the same. Agreed – we have to go back to go forward.

  9. Thank you for writing this. We learn from our mistakes and from other’s mistakes. Hopefully there will never be another Holocaust, but to erase history is to be unable to learn from it. As long as Satan exists there will be people willing to do horrible things to others. We must combat this by sharing the Gospel.

  10. Tasha,

    We must remember history or we will be doomed to repeat it. Our children need to learn the history of their heritage. That is part of the problem in America today. The young don’t truly understand the entirety of our past. How we oppressed the Indians who were here first. The whole history of a nation needs to be told & remembered. Maybe more cities should have some kind of remembrance stones. Something to remind us of those whose lives were lost in war or other atrocities.

    Blessings 🙂