February 18, 2009 Last week's observations on Wm. Paul Young's The Shack—Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity included some of Willie's reflections. Willie is Mack's best friend in the book—the one who knows him inside out—the one whose Jeep Mack had borrowed for the adventure of his life. I'd like to share another paragraph, (mostly in Willie's words, with the exception of a few words, which you wouldn't understand if you've not read the book). Bear in mind that the book is a novel—actually an allegory with (in the words of Eugene Peterson, "the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his'').
"If you ever get a chance to hang out with Mack, you will soon learn that he's hoping for a new revolution, one of love and kindness—a revolution that revolves around Jesus and what he did for us all and what he continues to do in anyone who has a hunger for reconciliation and place to call home. This is not a revolution that will overthrow anything, or if it does, it will do so in ways we could never contrive in advance. Instead it will be the quiet daily powers of dying and serving and loving and laughing, of simple tenderness and unseen kindness, because if anything matters, then everything matters. And one day, when all is revealed, every one of us will bow our knee and confess in the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Lord of all Creation, to the glory of the Father.''
There's more. But since we are slaves of the clock, I will split this in half and save the rest for next week. If you're like me, you won't read any of what I'm sharing if it's too big to read in a minute or two.