Thoughts and quotes swirling in my mind this week are below.
“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice? Only words, words; to be led out to battle against other words.” C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
These thoughts are from Part One in Prayer in the Night, by Tish Harrison Warren.
“In our deepest suffering, we do not simply want words to battle other words. We want things made right.” Tish Harrison Warren
“We have to decide right now whether or not God is good, because if we wait to determine that… we will always keep God on trial.” Tish Harrison Warren
“Mysteriously, God does not take away our vulnerability. He enters into it.” Tish Harrison Warren
“The hope God offers us is this: he will keep close to us, even in darkness, in doubt, in fear and vulnerability. He does not promise to keep bad things from happening. He does not promise that night will not come, or that it will not be terrifying, or that we will immediately be tugged to shore. He promises that we will not be left alone. He will keep watch with us in the night.” Tish Harrison Warren
From Freely and Lightly by Emily Lex:
God said to her: “You do not need to work so hard at holding things together. That’s my job. Not yours. I’ve got this. I always have. But you’re so concerned with the troubles of this world and this made-up need for approval that you work and strive and stress and toil and spin. Be free.”
From “I Wake Close to Morning” by Mary Oliver:
/Why do people keep asking to see God’s identity papers when the darkness opening into morning is more than enough?/