Marilyn Robinson, Gilead

golden wheat field and sunny dayThe Weekly Word: is an invitation to reflect on how God speaks to us through poetry, literature, and the visual arts. Share your reflections below so we can join together on this journey of faith throughout the week.


Marilyn Robinson, Gilead
“Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave – that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm. And therefore, this courage allows us, as the old men said, to make ourselves useful…This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.”


For Reflection:
It takes great courage to be truly present to the world around us. In what ways has God given you this courage? In what ways does Christ model this courage for us? How can we respond to the courage of Christ in order “to make ourselves useful” in God’s service?

4 Replies to “Marilyn Robinson, Gilead”

  1. The first few “weekly words” have focused on grace…and I think this week’s (9/26) will too. I love this quote from Gilead (one of my favorite books by my favorite author) for the way she connects grace and courage. How much courage does it require of us to be graceful in our lives towards others? We find both that grace and that courage in what God has shown to/for us.

  2. I am reflecting on the way that God has given me courage.

    Before crossing the Jordan River into the promised land, Moses commissioned Joshua to take over the leadership of the Israelites. He told Joshua to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you”. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Because of this promise that the Lord will always be with me, I CAN be strong and courageous when I am faced with the challenges and struggles in life.