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Apropos

Last night, barlow_girl shared a thought-provoking quote from Marilynne Robinson's Gilead (loaned to her by shemaiah and reviewed here):
"This is an important thing, which I have told many people, and which my father told me, and which his father told him. When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you. So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation? If you confront insult or antagonism, your first impulse will be to respond in kind. But if you think as it were, This is an emissary sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended for me, first of all the occasion to demonstrate my faithfulness, the chance to show that I do in some small degree participate in the grace that saved me, you are free to act otherwise than as circumstances would seem to dictate. You are free to act by your own lights. You are freed at the same time of the impulse to hate or resent that person. He would probably laugh at the thought that the Lord sent him to you for your benefit (and his), but that is the perfection of the disguise, his own ignorance of it…I am reminded of this precious instruction by my own great failure to live up to it recently."
It's been a good thing to consider today.

Comments

Amen. Amen. Amen.
And well put. I think I shall like this book very much.
I haven't read it, but if this passage is any indication, it seems like the kind of book that bears consideration above and beyond reading to pass the time. I hope you enjoy it!
The people I've hated the most have usually done my soul the most good. Not my life as such, but the formation of my soul.

Sometimes I feel like the circumstances of my life and the world as such are just scenery for the real drama of the formation of my own soul for eternity.
Um, yeah. YEAH!