During my growing up years, pencils and pens corralled me. First came doodling, then note taking to help me focus. Habit contained more than me, resulting in stacks of journals filled with sermon and lecture notes.
Today I reread notes from last fall, when Mark Sargent, former Provost at Gordon College, returned to campus. Mark earned MVP on Jud’s team, respected and loved by all privileged to work with or for him.
Speaking so soon after November’s historic, divisive election, Mark delivered his lecture on Lives of Imagination with wisdom and grace. His quote from George Eliot’s, Middlemarch, remains in bold print on paper and heart.
“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
Lent, if we choose, creates room to reflect on faithful folks who’ve marked our lives, stayed evil’s reach.
Goodness knows how and where.
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