Last night the preacher gave us a memory verse. It was Romans 5:5b:
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us
I find it hard to commit to memory. I am good at remembering things so it probably is hard to remember. Why? Well just a thought but it is one of those sentences where the word order can change without losing meaning. You can jumble up the nouns and it still works. So:
The Holy Spirit has poured out God into our hearts by his love he has given us
God has given his Spirit into our hearts by his love he has poured out
God has given his love to us by his Spirit in our hearts
Love has given us hearts, poured out with the Holy Spirit for God
Now none of these really rock theologically but that isn't my point. The verse wasn't given to a bunch of theologians, or even students of theology, but a congregation which included eleven year olds.
I don't imagine love as a pourable substance, or my heart as a thing needing to be filled, or the Holy Spirit as the pouring mechanism. The metaphor is lost on me. If I reach for the memory verse some words come but not sense. Not easily.
Here's a plea. If you are going to use memory verses, for God's sake make them memorable.