Classic and contemporary excerpts.
The line I like about power is Edward Bennet Williams’s as he was dying. Someone was teasing him about all the power and influence he had in Washington. And he said, “Power? I’m about to meet real power.”
—Baseball Commissioner Fay
Vincent in Newsweek
(July 20, 1992)
There is one eternal principle which will be valid as long as the world lasts. The principle is—Forgiveness is a costly thing. Human forgiveness is costly. A son or a daughter may go wrong; a father or a mother may forgive; but that forgiveness has brought tears.… There was the price of a broken heart to pay. Divine forgiveness is costly. God is love, but God is holiness. God, least of all, can break the great moral laws on which the universe is built. Sin must have its punishment or the very structure of life disintegrates. And God alone can pay the terrible price that is necessary before men can be forgiven. Forgiveness is never a case of saying: “It’s all right; it doesn’t matter.” Forgiveness is the most costly thing in the world.
—William Barclay in
The Letter to Hebrews
How can you expect to keep your powers of hearing when you never want to listen? That God should have time for you, you seem to take as much for granted as that you cannot have time for Him.
Walking when we could fly
We don’t need fasten your seat belt signs in our pews because we no longer fly. We’re like a group of geese attending meetings every Sunday where we talk passionately about flying and then get up and walk home.
—Tim Hansel in Through the
Wilderness of Loneliness
[God] is up to something so big, so unimaginably good that your mind cannot contain it.… What we see God doing ...1
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