Friday, May 24, 2019

Could Mere Loving Be Life's Work?

I pondered the thought of loving as life's work while reading The Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge.
The pages of my reading journal filled with quotes from the book that I want to remember.
Once again E. Goudge used her descriptive skills to take us deep into the story about 
a clockmaker who develops a friendship with the formidable Dean of the cathedral. 
She writes so well we can't help but fall in love with her characters. 
It's hard to pick a favorite character, but mine might be Miss Montague. And here's a quote about her:
"Could mere loving be life's work? Could it be a career like marriage or nursing the sick or going on stage? Could it be adventure? ... So she took a vow to love ... she was different from the majority because she kept the vow, 
kept it even after she discovered the cost of simplicity."
"Until now she only read her Bible as a pious exercise, but now she read it as 
an engineer reads a blueprint and a traveller a map ... 
but with a profound concentration because her life depended on it."
Once again we enjoyed time around the table discussing the book on a Monday morning (when we find most of us can meet.) We are doing our best to simplify our meetings so had only tea, cookies, grapes, and nuts. 
A good time was had by all at Lydia Grace's lovely and cheerful table.
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