thursday 13

This week: 13 good quotes from miscellaneous places.

1. “What we do of necessity can drag us down, and all too often the repetitive and familiar become not occasions for renewal, but dry, stale, lifeless activity. When washing dishes, I am no better than anyone else at converting the drudgery of the work into something better by means of playful abandon. The contemplative in me recognizes the sacred potential in the mundane task, even as the terminally busy go-getter resents the necessity of repetition. But, as Søren Kierkegaard reminds us, ‘Repetition is reality, and it is the seriousness of life…repetition is the daily bread which satisfies with benediction.’ Repetition is both as ordinary and necessary as bread, and the very stuff of ecstasy.” –Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries

2. “Of all the anguish in the world, there is nothing like this—the sense of God, without the sense of nearness to Him.”—Jeremy Huggins

3. “People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are. Life may sometimes legitimately appear as a book of science. Life may sometimes appear, and with a much greater legitimacy, as a book of metaphysics. But life is always a novel! Our existence may cease to be a song; it may cease even to be a beautiful lament. Our existence may not be an intelligible justice, or even a cognizable wrong. But our existence is still a story.” –G.K. Chesterton

4. “Christian, believe this, and think on it: Thou shalt be externally embraced in the arms of that love which was from everlasting, and will extend to everlasting—of that love which brought the Son of God’s love from heaven to earth, from the earth to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to glory—that love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spit upon, crucified, pierced—which did fast, pray, teach, heal, weep, sweat, bleed, die; that love will externally embrace thee.” –Richard Baxter

5. “Through your own merciful dealings with me, O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; open the ears of my heart and say to my soul, I am your salvation. Let me run toward this voice and seize hold of you. Do not hide your face from me: let me die so that I may see it, for not to see it would be death to me indeed.” –Augustine, The Confessions

6. “Oh, you who are!
“Ecclesiastes calls you the All-powerful; the Maccabees call you the Creator; the Epistle to the Ephesians calls you liberty; Baruch calls you Immensity; the Psalms call you Wisdom and Truth; John calls you Light; the Books of Kings call you Lord; Exodus calls you Providence; Leviticus, Sanctity; Esdras, Justice; the creation calls you God; man calls you Father; but Solomon calls you Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all your names.” –Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

7. “There are good things going on in the wider world, and we must join in while always remaining on the lookout for the point where we will be asked to do something that goes against the grain of the gospel. There are wicked things going on in the wider world, and we must stand out against them while always remaining on the lookout for the point where we become mere dualists, retreating from the world, which is already charged with the grandeur of God. All this is difficult enough at the best of times and all the more so now because we in the West have simply not thought in these terms for a couple of hundred years. Once again, William Wilberforce and others like him have something to teach us. And suddenly all those shrewd remarks of Jesus come home to roost. It is time to figure out what it will mean, in the real world of the twenty-first century, to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” –N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope, p. 269

8. “Justification by faith means that I have nothing else on which to depend except my receptivity to which I can never own or manage. And this capacity to receive cannot be the result of effort. Faith is something given, not achieved. It is created by God’s word in Christ.” –H.A. Williams

9. “The story you tells reveals the story you inhabit.”—Dr. Phillip J. Donnelly

10. “Potato guns don’t kill people–potatoes kill people.”–Geof Manthorne

11. “It is something sensational to consider that there is, far and close, vague and defined, separate but intertwined, a God who watches all and is not confused, but sets the sun to its course, frames the trees with symmetry, and with like precision, judges each man’s heart as quickly as it beats. No poet, in the greatest of his imaginings, could conceive of anything greater than the real; this great plot pitting us against our death, this spinning sphere of color giving flesh to the story God is slowly telling Himself; a story growing nearer and nearer to its dramatic conclusion. It does not escape me that I am blessed to be included in this tale of a billion human conflicts and singular resolution.”—Donald Miller, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, p. 44

12. “Baby, I am tied to a tree in a jungle of mystery. I’ve just been tortured by a spinal surgeon and a genuine Iraqi. And you can’t bring yourself to give me one little kiss?”–Sawyer on Lost

13. “I got a plan.”
“Oh, thank God! What is it?”
“One…We die horribly and painfully, you go to Hell and I spend eternity in the arms of Baby Jesus.”
“Oh.”
–Gunn and Wesley on Angel

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