Wallace Stegner -
A place is not a place until people have been born in it, have grown up in it, known it, died in it. … Some are born in their place, some find it, some realize after long searching that the place they left is the one they have been searching for.”
(thanks for the quote, elise)
A. A. Milne, via Winnie the Pooh -
Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity:
Nobody can always have devout feelings: and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. If we are trying to do His will, [then] we are obeying the commandment, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.’ …We cannot create [feelings of love] ourselves, and we must not demand them as a right. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.
image via: morguefile
- Quote from “My posthumous advice for my daughter,” by Caitlin Moran, The Times Magazine, UK. The whole piece is lovely, witty and warm; go read it!
- Tea and cookies image — The Kitchn, along with a recipe for Chai Tea Cookies.
- Font: Amatic
- Design: Jana Snyder
And no, I didn’t misspell “compliment.” I love this insight from C.S. Lewis, who proposes (accurately, I think) that praise is really the natural completion of enjoyment:
C.S. Lewis, from Reflections on the Psalms ―
But the most obvious fact about praise — whether of God or anything — strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. … The world rings with praise — lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game. … I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; … to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with. . . . The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”