“What’s so important in His sight that is has to be done this way?” Ever ask yourself that? Everyone in the stories we’re discussing today is wondering the same thing. Why did God set up the world to work this way? Sometimes it makes no sense to us. Two powerful illustrations as to why meekness is more powerful than evil are The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr, & A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle.
Centered: God wants us to be the best version of ourself.
God has laid out good works before us to accomplish in life. And He’s made us the right people to do the jobs.
Evan’s all-time favorite book is The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Wangerin has given each animal one big character trait that they have to sort out in their relationship with God and the community of animals.
Each character has handful of strengths and weakness. The strengths need to be strengthened, and the weaknesses need to be overcome.
Teaches Evan a lot about trusting God’s plan: why does God insist on using meekness instead of overt power to control evil?
Liz is reading out of Madeleine L’Engle A Wind In The Door
The entire book is about characters being centered.
Charles is sick and Meg is upset and scared about it. They meet a cherubim angel and are told what they need to do so save Charles.
The cherubim calls Meg a namer and talks about how he learned all the names of the stars to help them understand their particular unique identity.
They discover they need to fight this force that wants to combine identity into oneness or nothingness.
The characters have to fight against the movement to join the nothingness to overcome poverty, or pain, or discomfort. But that also gets rid of friendship, singing, charity, and the beauty of nature and meals around the table.
They have to tell Sporos how important he is to God’s universal plan–he was created on purpose.
The thing that saves Charles is not Sporos doing something extraordinary beyond himself, but it’s him doing his natural tendency. Talks about how there is more freedom when we obey our calling and purpose than when we rebel.
We’ve got to fight against the idea that what we’re called and able to do is to small and insignificant. It all matters! And doing it is wildly courageous.
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