Commonplace

Quotes, excerpts, and notes from my reading

Burying the “Unclaimed Dead”

"Martirosyan and her colleagues spend three years investigating a case before relinquishing the deceased to a communal gravesite, a last resort in the county cemetery."

The Unsharability of Pain

Elaine Scarry said, “Whatever pain achieves, it achieves in part through its unsharability, and it ensures this unsharablity through its resistance to language.”

How to Pray the Psalms

In God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms, Ben Patterson offers five suggestions for praying the Psalms.

Worship is Dialogical

John Stott said, “in every well-constructed worship service the pendulum should swing rhythmically between God addressing his people through Scripture and his people responding to him in confession, faith, adoration, or prayer.”

Pain is an Ocean

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen said, “Pain is an ocean with no sign of land. You look around in every direction and find nothing but more pain, as far as the eye can see.”

False Patriotism

Esau McCaulley said, “Our national tendency to see only the best of America was standing in the way of truly becoming great. [Frederick Douglass] thought enough of this country to tell it the truth. We would be better off if more of us did the same.”

Grief Testifies

Nicolas Wolterstorff said, “Grief is existential testimony to the worth of the one loved.”