Friday, February 27, 2009

God lets us wander

I read earlier this year the fabulous book Gilead by Marilyn Robinson and now I'm reading the sequel to that, Home. So far, it is also excellent. Here is a little snippet that touched me today:

What a strange old book it was. How oddly holiness situated itself among the things of the world, how endlessly creation wrenched and strained under the burden of its own significance. "I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us." Yes, there it was, the parable of manna. All bread is the bread of heaven, her father used to say. It expresses the will of God to sustain us in the flesh, in this life. Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.

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