Servants All

For many years, I have attended midweek Eucharists at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One thing I love is the hand-lettered sign that hangs over the only door into the sanctuary: SERVANTS’ ENTRANCE. There isn’t any way in or out of that church except through the service door.

—Deborah Smith Douglas in The Other Side (May–June 1991)

Wanted: Better self-critics

It would be wonderful if St. Augustine’s kind of confessional self-scrutiny (or that of St. John of the Cross in his Dark Night of the Soul) would obtain among more of us in these last few years of the twentieth century.… If such were to be the case, if more of us could be tougher with ourselves as self-observers, as self-critics, we might be spared some of the truly outrageous spectacles that come our way.

—Robert Coles in Harvard Diary

Premature departure

The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says “Amen” and runs away before God has a chance to reply. Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas.

—Frank Laubach in Frank C.

Laubach, Teacher of Millions

Hardly safe

[Since] last spring … I look for tornadoes.… One personal encounter with a power that before was only theoretical can make all the difference. You live differently after that. You respect the power. You live in awe of its presence and tremble to think of its potential. Above all, you live in profound humility because you recognize your inability to control it.

If all this for tornadoes, then what of the Almighty God? I am reminded of the quote from C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where Mr. Beaver describes the might and majesty of Aslan, the lion-God. When he finishes, Lucy asks, “Is—is he safe?” Replies Mr. Beaver: “Safe? Who ...

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