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athgarvan

Reflection on where we're going

The world and the Church appear to be in an awful mess nowadays. It has been said that it is easy to have faith when things are going great but it is far more difficult for a Christian to have faith in God's deliverance when we are in the midst of significant challenges.  Jesus has told us that we would have such challenges. He said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

In this context I have been trying to make sense of dramatist and Quaker, Christopher Fry's, difficult work:

The Sleep of Prisoners
The human heart can go to the lengths of God.
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul men ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEMw9qgQ-j0

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It was Christopher Fry's work (not to mention his ancestor Elizabeth) that got me into prison visiting (I am, as you know, A Quaker myself). I'd admit that his work isn't easy, but it's perhaps a little less difficult for another Quaker :o)