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On the Passing of Time

I think it’s overrated to remember everything. There might be a good reason to forget some things and remember others. – The Secret Women, Sheila Williams

Once you reach your late fifties you can wear whatever you want and nobody can say anything to you about it. – What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi

Even though these laws were real and sincere means by which Israel connected with God, the fact that they are in the Bible doesn’t mean they are automatically timeless and have permanent staying power. This would be placing a false expectation on the Bible. – The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns

The Bible—from back to front—is the story of God told from the limited point of view of real people living at a certain place and time. – The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns

The ancient Israelites were an ancient tribal people. They saw the world and their God in tribal ways. They told stories of their tribal past, led into battle by a tribal warrior God who valued the same things they did—like killing enemies and taking their land. This is how they connected with God—in their time, in their way. I have to say, I’m a lot less bothered by a Bible that tells ancient stories than I am by the thought of God exterminating a population and giving their land to others. Whatever we do, let’s not imagine that the Israelites were ancient versions of ourselves, maybe less well groomed, who were “nice,” read their Bibles daily, the kind you could invite to church and want to marry your daughter, who would vote Republican or drive a hybrid. We respect these biblical stories most when we try to understand what the writers did and why, not when we place false expectations on them, like seeing them as a timeless script or a permanent fixture for how to think about God. – The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns

Di weirdest t’ing ’bout life is dat it’s only understood backward. Yuh neva know what’s at di end ah dis tunnel waiting fah you, sweetheart. – Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn

Cry, my daughter, these are good tears. They wash out your eyes and the mean heart of anyone who is jealous of you. You’re embarking on a new path, and God will be at your side. – The First Mrs. Rothschild, Sara Aharoni

If liking girls is a phase, so what? If it’s your whole life, who cares? You’re destined to evolve and understand yourself in ways you never imagined before. – Juliet Takes a Breath, Gabby Rivera

The more important a thing is, the slower it should be done. – The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

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