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It all matters.

Advent Day Eight, 2014 Melanie Mowinski

When I read and I come across a phrase or passage that challenges or inspires me, I record it in one of my Commonplace Books. Today I share with you a passage from “We are Called to Rise,” by Laura McBride. It’s one of those books that link different lives to a situation and you don’t quite know how until the end. It is also loosely based on a real situation involving police and guns, a bit timely right now. It is intense. (and Missy, if you are reading this, I don’t recommend it for you.)

Advent Day Eight, 2014 Melanie Mowinski

Advent Day Eight, 2014 Melanie Mowinski

It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says goodnight, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing.

What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.

What is worth dying for is barely noticed.

We are Called to Rise, Laura McBride, p. 197

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