“It’s your journey,” he wrote. “It just makes me wonder if there’s another way to view it besides ‘sick,’ which sounds like it puts you in a subordinate position. You have nothing to fear. Not even death.”
“This is torture. I loathe this litany. Lent is not really supposed to be about suffering, so why am I making myself suffer? Is this harder than giving something up? Why am I so unholy that I can’t pray this stupid litany?”
The chapter on word choice will aid sermon preparation, Bible studies, and any theological discussion.
“The simple elegance of the service had been a good match for my head,” Livingston writes, “but the tangled mess of my heart longed for something else. ‘I need a statue of a saint,’ I joked, but [my husband and I] both understood that a statue was shorthand for many things.’”
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