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Why do you think this passage from Gilead moved Mary Anne so much?

Created: 09/24/12

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Posted Sep. 24, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
admin

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Why do you think this passage from Gilead moved Mary Anne so much?

Mary Anne especially liked a passage from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson: "When you encounter another person … you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation?" (page 96) Why do you think this moved her so much? What did it mean to Will?


Posted Sep. 26, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
gracew

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RE: Why do you think this passage from Gilead moved Mary Anne so much?

The Gilead passage is so much the theme of the present moment and how you react to that moment. The passage helps Mary Anne to focus outside of herself, and direct her concerns toward others, such as how to comfort refugees, fellow patients, caregivers. It is a great generational message to step away from your personal cares and see how you can be of help to others.

There was another Gilead passage quoted of "I'll pray that you grow up a brave man in a brave country. I will pray you find a way to be useful" is very parent's prayer. -- That your child will have confidence, not be oppressed and be of service and value. I'm sure Mary Anne's experience in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries colored her desires for where and how her own children would live and become.


Posted Oct. 02, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorothyt

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RE: Why do you think this passage from Gilead moved Mary Anne so much?

I am not sure I can add anything to gracew's post above; she has said it so well. Gilead is full of passages that address the issue of how we live our lives and what we leave behind.


Posted Oct. 08, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
MarieA

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RE: Why do you think this passage from Gilead moved Mary Anne so much?

Well said, Grace, I must agree with your explanation.


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