Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Posture of Grace

In Marilynne Robinson's novel 'Home', a sister and brother move cautiously towards reconcilation--after decades apart. "Until you forgive," writes Robinson, "you defend yourself against the possibility of understanding." And then a bit later: "If you forgive...you may indeed still not understand, but you will be ready to understand, and that is the posture of grace." Ah, the posture of grace. Maybe that's what this month is really all about. (I recommend the novel: a great holiday gift for someone who loves great writing!)