Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hawthorne, -- “As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers.”

Sad but true..


Anonymous said...

I would say Providence is responsible for all I have. I have earned very little of anything I have the pleasure of. My wife was a gift, my children, my talents (which I dare use)... everything in front of me is a gift. I would say Providence is so prominent that we are used to it to the point of not realizing how everything is given us. If we were to aknowledge all our blessings properly, we would have our hands clasped to the point of not being having enough spare time to screw any of them up! -Matt

FCB said...

I agree Matt, I was going to put a little more commentary when I posted it but some friends came over so..
What struck me in the quote is that in our faith journey, we have a hunger to sense God as much as we can. When He graces us with a special sense of His presence it lifts us up to a higher level of heaven. Sometimes to the third heaven, sometimes just two feet off the ground, but, and back to the quote, his ordinary dealing with us is to give us a degree of presence which "suffices to keep us at a reasonably full exertion of our powers." I take that to mean God carries us at times but generally, He asks us to walk.
Something like that.
Love Dad