I picked up this book a week ago after seeing it recommended here. Good choice. Like many of the best historical novels, it makes the alien so matter of fact that you don’t always realize you are very, very far from Kansas.
We bring to every encounter our very essence. If we love and care and are concerned, those feelings go forth to bless others and return to bless you. You are twice blessed. Love is the greatest healing force and power in the universe.
-thus Chauncey Riddle
I have this friend who is always exercising and carefully watching what she eats. She won’t even go into a McDonald’s, because she says its just not the right environment for what she’s trying to do. So restrictive!
Yeah, she’s fit, superficially. But it’s not true fitness. It’s naive fitness. It’s sheltered fitness. True fitness is when you stop living in some “exercise and nutrition” bubble and you go pork out on your couch in the real world.
I’ve discovered this week just how much His Majesty can be a pain in the
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Your son must have wheedled your wife while shopping this week. You deduce this when you hear a call from your entryway this Sunday morning. “Come and see, Dad, come and see. I’m going to wear a cowboy hat to church just like you, Dad.”
One of my favorite passages from Epictetus:
Never say of anything, “I have lost it”; but, “I have returned it.” Is your child dead? It is returned. Is your wife dead? She is returned. Is your estate taken away? Well, and is not that likewise returned? “But he who took it away is a bad man.” What difference is it to you who the giver assigns to take it back? While he gives it to you to possess, take care of it; but don’t view it as your own, just as travelers view a hotel.
The scriptures may have been fine in their day. Previous generations were, after all, more primitive than us, and needed more childlike instruction. Besides, their cultural prejudices could not be overcome all at once, and those prejudices permeate the scriptures.
G. mentioned in passing the other day one of those quirky Mormon teachings that I’ve been curious about for a while: “Satan rules over the water.” The origin of this teaching is Doctrine & Covenants Section 61, in which the elders have to halt a river voyage when they see “the destroyer riding in power upon the face of the waters.” The Lord declared to them, “Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters.” D&C 61:14. And then later on: “I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree.” D&C 61:19
What I wonder is whether “the destroyer” who rode upon the face of the waters was, in fact, Satan, or if it was instead a destroying angel sent by the Lord, as in the days of the Passover. (more…)