Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quote: G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

From G. K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy:
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 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.

1 comment:

Jake Shore said...

What a great perspective. Never considered looking at it that way, even though God's "monotony" has always been right in front of me. Not surprising that in our rebelliousness, we are increasingly dismissive of the constant, the permanent, the sacred and the eternal. I love the way Chesterton stretches my brain.