Anne with an ‘E’, or a Bridge too Far

Anne Shirley of Green Gables is a tremendously challenging character for me understand. Her use of words like ‘thrilly’, ‘romantical’, ‘tragical’, her naming of flowers and trees and avenues (‘the lake of shining waters’), her chatter and forgetfulness, all delight and frighten me. One of the difficulties I have is understanding whether or not she … Continue reading Anne with an ‘E’, or a Bridge too Far

The Eyes of God

Having seen the 1985 Anne of Green Gables mini series, I knew of Matthew Cuthbert’s death. The author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, certainly prepares her readers by way of hints and foreshadowing, so that it is no great surprise. Yet it remains a solemn and sad chapter. It is nearly impossible for readers or for Anne … Continue reading The Eyes of God

Liturgy, Religion, and the Obligation of Worship

Let them praise his name with dancing,     making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!  For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;     he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:3-4 Debts There are certain debts that are never be paid back, that we never fully make good on.* If a woman saves my child’s life, there is no sufficient currency … Continue reading Liturgy, Religion, and the Obligation of Worship