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The Father is younger than we.

By the way, it was never officially announced, but The Eagle & Child (this blog, for the unitiated) went out of beta back in December 2003.

But I digress.

G.K. Chesterton, as quoted in The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (John Ortberg):

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 to exult in monotony.  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 daisies all alike; it may be that God makes every daiy 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. (p. 65, emphasis in the book)

I am not strong enough to exult in monotony, I have learned that this weekend, housebound, looking after the children, trying to keep the house in order.  I felt like a grumpy old sinner this weekend—and because of that, like a failure.

I woke up this morning ready to start again, start anew.  But by noon it had all gone to pot, as it were.

Lord have mercy.