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September 3rd, 2005

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04:00 pm - salvation
From the blog of my favorite living writer (well, she ties with Philip Yancey), Lauren Winner, musings on salvation (although Winner didn't write it...someone else did):

Salvation happens at five years old. Salvation is better protection against the dark than her Wonder Woman nightlight. Salvation makes her run into the kitchen to tell her mother how her entire body tingles, how everything feels new. Salvation means that God, who is always so near, wants to know about her day.

Salvation grows at eight. Salvation is an adventure. Salvation means Prince Caspian and Madeleine L’Engle and Grandpa Jack and possibly kitty—but we can’t know for sure—salvation means that some of these, our favorite people, are part of one big family. Salvation results in late-night slumber party talk about a big God-who-so-loves-the-world. Salvation means crayon renderings of heaven: of flowers that are more colorful than lemon yellow and atomic tangerine combined, of sea foam green oceans that you could swim in all day if you wanted to.

Salvation is forgotten at fourteen when she reads Kerouac and Salinger. Salvation becomes uncomfortable. Salvation means she shouldn’t sneak out tonight with Kendra because it would require lying. Salvation means obedience and submission (and patriarchy, too, once she learns that word). Salvation means defending things she doesn’t understand to people she really likes, people she wants to like her.

Salvation is despised at nineteen. Salvation involves sexual purity and the GOP. Salvation means limiting her to writing nice things, listening to nice things, saying nice things. Salvation means admitting a personal connection to Historical Things We Don’t Want to Mention, like the Crusades. Salvation is a stranger.

Salvation is remembered at twenty-five. Salvation may mean regeneration of her broken parts, or maybe just the ability to forgive Joshua for his being such an amazing a--hole. Salvation is everywhere: in early morning Vodka-infused conversations, on page 43 of White Teeth, in Zion canyon. Salvation is tattooed in Hebrew on her lower back, where only certain people will ever see it. Salvation might be for her. Salvation might not.

Salvation hovers at twenty-eight. Salvation means serving First Presbyterian Church in spite of its monochromatic makeup, in spite of its big screen televisions. Salvation sometimes means trying so very hard to be good to the boyfriend-who-so-loves-her. Salvation means thinking differently about human rights and architecture and unemployment. Salvation means somehow being the Imago Dei, God’s very own image.

Salvation is working all the time.

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Date:September 3rd, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
liz says next thursday (i think) is good for her to come over for dinner, and that she would like pancakes. if that's cool with you, let me know. other options for edibles are hot dogs, grilled cheese or spaghetti. i have limited culinary ability.
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Date:September 4th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
Is next Thursday the Thursday for this coming week or the one for the week after? Either work for me, I just need to know.

Pancakes are good. If you want, I can contribute bacon or sausage links.
Date:September 4th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
this coming thursday.

bacon or sausage would be fabulous.
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Date:September 3rd, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. It just about makes me want to cry. (It's been that kind of night.)

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