I have really fallen down on my blogging responsibilities this past week. As all of you know, life is complicated, rich and wonderful. In the midst of all this “life” one pleasure I have enjoyed the past two weeks is reading the novel, Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. It’s a book about an elderly pastor writing a diary for his young son. He knows he will die before his son becomes a man and wants to fill the boy in on his life.
Here is some advice from father to son:
I don’t know exactly what covetise is, but in my experience it is not so much desiring someone else’s virtue or happiness as rejecting it, taking offense at the beauty of it.
There is so much in life that can’t be learned anywhere but within a story. There is so much growth that has to take place by ambush. When we’re not looking something happens and we end up different. That is one result of good storytelling.