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January 06, 2005

Do it again

A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough... It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again,” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again,” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
- G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy" (1908)

And then... Pinwheels and Orange Peels had a thoughtful reflection on the same Chesterton quote in September.

There are too many secrets in our hearts, yet God sees them all and weeps for us. And he's standing there, waiting for prodigal sons and daughters to return home, shed the weight and the burden, and live with Him.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 6, 2005 05:57 AM

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That is so sweet. Thank you for posting it. :)

Posted by: Rue [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2005 01:47 PM

I just sent you a huge file via e-mail. My fave Massive Attack song. Don't kill me. Love me, you will. HA!

Posted by: SondraK [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2005 03:08 PM

I love that quote. Rich Mullins used it in his song, Growing Young, and I posted about it a few months back. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted by: pinwheels [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2005 05:14 AM