Yesterday, in the church library, a book grabbed my attention – Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia For All There Is by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams.  Thumbing through it before a meeting I read this:

“To deal with the meaning of alleluia in life means to deal with moments that do not feel like alleluia moments at all.  But how is it possible to say alleluia to the parts of life that weigh us down, that drain our spirits dry, that seem to deserve anything but praise?”

Later on, it is noted that “every segment of life is both a gift and challenge, both endowment and responsibility,” and that in the Christian tradition, “alleluia” “calls us to see all of life as life-giving, somehow, in some way, whether its present gifting is apparent or not.

Okay, I’m in!  I took the book home.

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