I will have nothing to do
with a God who cares
I need a God who is
in the deepest depths as
well as the highest heights.
It is when things go wrong,
when good things do not happen,
when our prayers seem to have been lost,
that God is most present.
We do not need the sheltering wings
when things go smoothly.
We are closest to God
in the darkness, stumbling along blindly.
— Madeleine L’Engle
On the whole,
I do not find Christians,
outside of the catacombs,
sufficiently sensible of conditions.
Does anyone have the foggiest idea
what sort of power we so blithely invoke?
Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it?
The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets,
making up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning.
It is madness to wear ladies straw hats and velvet hats to church;
we should all be wearing crash helmets.
Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares;
they should lash us to our pews.
For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offence,
or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.
–Annie Dillard from Teaching a Stone to Talk
Sometimes it may seem to us
that there is no purpose in our lives,
that going day after day for years
to this office or that school or factory
is nothing else but waste and weariness.
But it may be that God has sent us there
because but for us, Christ would not be there.
If our being there means that Christ is there,
that alone makes it worthwhile.
–Caryll Houselander, Reed of God (HT.)
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