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Jayber Crow - Meaning Quotes by Wendell Berry

Jayber Crow - Meaning Quotes by Wendell Berry

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Meaning quotes from Wendell Berry's book Jayber Crow
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M
EANINGFUL
Q
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 Jayber Crow 
by Wendell Berry
This
, I thought, is what is meant by ‘thy will be done’ in the Lord’sPrayer, which I had prayed time and again without thinking about it. It means that your will and God’s will may not be the same. It meansthere’s a good possibility that you won’t get what you pray for. It meansthat in spite of your prayers you are going to suffer. It means you may becrucified….But now I was unsure what it would be proper to pray for, orhow to pray for it. After you have said, ‘thy will be done,’ what more canbe said? And where do you find the strength to pray ‘thy will be done’after you see what it means?” (p 51)
 
“By then I wasn’t just asking questions; I was being changed by them.” (p52)“If I was freer than I had ever been in my life, I was not yet entirely free,for I still hung on to an idea that had been set deep in me by all myschooling so far: I was a bright boy and I ought to make something out of myself…something else that would be a cut or two above my humbleorigins.” (p. 56)“I prayed like a man walking in a forest at night, feeling his way with hishands, at each step fearing to fall into pure bottomlessness forever.Prayer is like lying awake at night, afraid, with your head under thecover, hearing only the beating of your own heart. It is like a bird that hasblundered down the flue and is caught indoors and flutters at thewindowpanes. It is like standing a long time on a cold day, knocking at ashut door.” (p 253)“Now, finally, I really had lost all desire for change, every last twinge of the notion that I ought to get somewhere or make something of myself. Iwas what I was. ‘I will stand like a tree,’ I thought, ‘and be in myself as Iam.’ (p 254)“For The Economy was studying the purpose of The War, which is topurchase and not have. The customers of The War (all of us, that is)purchase life at a great cost and yet lose it. And The War was just asbusily studying the purpose of The Economy, which is to cause people topurchase what they do not need or do not want, and to receive patientlywhat they did not expect.” (p 275-276)

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