Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.
I only have a couple this week. One I posted earlier in a review of Prince Caspian, but I couldn’t resist posting it again:
“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve, and that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.”
This one came from an e-mail devotional of Elisabeth Elliot from a chapter titled “A Devious Repentance” in A Lamp For My Feet:
Recently I committed a sin of what seemed to me unpardonable thoughtlessness. For days I wanted to kick myself around the block. What is the matter with me? I thought. How could I have acted so? “Fret not thyself because of evildoers” came to mind. In this case the evildoer was myself, and I was fretting. My fretting, I discovered, was a subtle kind of pride. “I’m really not that sort of person,” I was saying. I did not want to be thought of as that sort of person. I was very sorry for what I had done, not primarily because I had failed someone I loved, but because my reputation would be smudged. When my reputation becomes my chief concern, my repentance has a hollow ring. No wonder Satan is called the deceiver. He has a thousand tricks, and we fall for them.
Lord, I confess my sin of thoughtlessness and my sin of pride. I pray for a more loving and a purer heart, for Jesus’ sake.
I’ve been there. You?
I’ve marked a few more from Beyond Suffering by Layton Talbert, but I think I might save those for when I review the book. It’s hard to wait to post them, though!
Also — I’ve been kind of thinking about discontinuing The Week In Words. I’ve hosted it about a year now, and most weeks there are only two or three of us who participate, though some weeks we have 4 and I think once or twice we’ve had as many was six. (I know some of you have been away lately, but I am thinking of the overall trend: it hasn’t really “taken off.”) But then it’s not really about numbers. Also, I think many people who don’t participate in it skip the post entirely (which is fine — I don’t always read or comment on every post of every blog I read, though I usually at least skim them). I’ve been going back and forth about it in my own mind for a few weeks now, and I decided to ask you what you thought. You can either vote in the poll or leave a comment, or both.
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