Friday, April 10, 2009

Words Worth Hearing.

"Take any English [or any language] word, even the most commonplace, and try repeating it twenty times in a row- umbrella, let us say, umbrella, umbrella, umbrella- and by the time we have finished , umbrella will not be a word anymore. It will be a noise only, an absurdity, stripped of all meaning. And when we take even the greatest and most meaningful of words that the Christian faith has and repeat them over and over again for some two thousand years, much the same thing happens.... Sometimes the concepts of Christianity seem to be worn out and, as a result, we have a hard time paying attention to them. Familiarity may not breed contempt as much as it breeds inattention." 

-Frederick Buechner as quoted in Introducing the Sermon: The Art of Compelling Beginnings, by Michael Hostetler

Lord. Let us be attentive to your saving grace and work this Easter season. Amen.

1 comment:

Ken, Christie, Camille, Caroline said...

I like the quote. This is Shaun's day to post, eh? On another note, I hope you two are smiling a lot today. You've worked hard to get the house parents there and today is a victory in the lives of the children who'll be changed as a result of Hogar Ganar Casa Tres. :)