“God gives God.”

“God gives God. That is the gift God always ultimately gives. Because nothing is greater and we have no greater need, God gives God.”

– Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas



Trick or Treat?

“All you have to do is walk up to a house, ring the doorbell, and say ‘Tricks or treats.'”
“Are you sure it’s legal?”

– from ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

Check out performers at FAO Schwartz playing Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on the “big” piano. For some reason, it’s not quite as spooky as hearing it on a large pipe organ.

Today’s also a great day to catch up on an older post, The Most Mysterious Mystery (Oct. 2010).

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The Novelist

“I’ve always said I’d like to be known as the novelist or the playwright who also did television news. I’m very proud of what I’ve done. But let’s face it: What I’m doing now is more creative. And people don’t know anything about it.”

– Jim Lehrer, playwright, author of 21 novels
… oh, and he did something or other in the news biz for over fifty years

In an earlier interview (2009), Lehrer said, “I’ve always felt it was a little bit bragging to say you’re a writer, to say ‘I’m a novelist.’ I’m still trying to be a novelist, and it doesn’t get any easier.”

Jim Lehrer

On a related note:

Lehrer discussed his most recent novel, Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination, on “The Diane Rehm Show” on Monday. His novel sounds compelling, but the most fascinating parts of the interview centered on Lehrer’s  observations on the impact of the assassination on American media. Lehrer covered the assassination as a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald.

(The novel’s title is a reference to the decision to lower the “bubble top” on the limousine carrying JFK through Dallas. Lehrer explains the implications of this in his interview with Rehm. For more info, you can read the transcript here, or listen to the interview on the show’s website.)

The first quote is from the NYT article “An anchor tells stories on stage, but off camera,” Sept. 11, 2013
The second quote is from the USA Today article, “Novelist Jim Lehrer is still swinging for the fences,” March 23, 2009.

“the world is not as it should be”

“Death reveals that the world is not as it should be but that it stands in need of redemption.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Got a minute? Here’s some context:

“In the face of death we cannot simply speak in some fatalistic way, “God wills it”; but we must juxtapose it with the other reality, “God does not will it.” Death reveals that the world is not as it should be but that it stands in need of redemption. Christ alone is the conquering of death. Here the sharp antithesis between “God wills it” and “God does not will it” comes to a head and also finds its resolution. God accedes to that which God does not will, and from now on death itself must therefore serve God. From now on, the “God wills it” encompasses even the “God does not will it.” God wills the conquering of death through the death of Jesus Christ. Only in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ has death been drawn into God’s power, and it must now serve God’s own aims. It is not some fatalistic surrender but rather a living faith in Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, that is able to cope profoundly with death.”

Bonhoeffer wrote this in a letter to young pastors in August 1941. He faced his own death on April 9, 1945.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed in a German concentration camp for his part in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. The camp was liberated by U.S. soldiers two weeks later. The camp doctor who witnessed Bonhoeffer’s execution later wrote, “In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”

On the morning before his trial, Bonhoeffer told a fellow prisoner, “This is the end. For me the beginning of life.”


Quotes are from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas, pages 384, 528, and 532. (Emphases are mine.) For more information on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the climate within the German Christian community during WWII, I highly recommend Metaxas’ thorough book.