Buechner Quotes, Part 1

This is the first Buechner post I promised (see four or five posts ago).  I will not put entire entries, but rather simple quotes I liked beneath the heading under which they appear in his book Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC (don't let that theological word scare you).  Sometimes he uses slightly colorful language.  Remember, these are quotes.  Don't leave me nasty comments if I have tainted your innocent eyes (I actually mean that sincerely).  Enjoy.

Agnostic
...some people all of the time and all people some of the time.

Baptism
    Question: How about infant baptistm?...
    Answer: ...When it comes to the forgiving and transforming love of God, one wonders if the six-week-old screecher knows all that much less than the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Children
    ...they are just apt to be better at telling the difference between a put-up job and the real thing.

Christian
    A Christian isn't necessarily any nicer than anybody else.  Just better informed.

Compassion
    ...the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.

Confession
    To confess your sins to God is not to tell him anything he doesn't already know.  Until you confess them, however, they are the abyss between you.  When you confess them, they become the bridge.

Cross
    A six-pointed star, a crescent moon, a lotus - the symbols of other religions suggest beauty and light.  The symbol of Christianity is an instrument of death.  It suggests, at the very least, hope.

Devil
    Lucifer was an angel who even in Paradise itself was free to get the hell out.

Doubt
    ...the ants in the pants of faith.  They keep it awake and moving.

Envy
    Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as you are.

Eternal Life
    When you are with somebody you love, you have little if any sense of the passage of time, and you have in the fullest sense of the phrase a good time.

Faith
    Faith can't prove a damned thing.  Or a blessed thing either.

Fool
    There are two kinds of fools in the world: damned fools and wht St. Paul calls "fools for Christ's sake."

Freedom
    The only freedom Love denies us is the freedom to destroy ourselves.

Glory
    Glory is to God what style is to an aritst...  Glory is what God looks like when for the time being all you have to look at him with is a pair of eyes.

Grace
    The grace of God means something like: Here is your life.  You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.  Here is the world.  Beautiful and terrible things will happen.  Don't be afraid.  I am with you.  Nothing can ever separate us.  It's for you I created the universe.  I love you.
    There's only one catch.  Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it.
    Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.

Feast.  Sit back and relax.  And then feast some more.  And if you were in College/Career RBF at Brook Hills Sunday morning, this guy is a wordsmith.

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