“Now Therefore Go”

Some time and some ink spent in my commonplace last week, following another thread in the Great Conversation. First from Perelandra, our current family read-aloud:

What was the sense of so arranging things that anything really important should finally and absolutely depend on such a man of straw as himself? And at that moment, far away; on Earth, as he now could not help remembering, men were at war, and white-faced subalterns and freckled corporals who had but lately begun to shave, stood in horrible gaps or crawled forward in deadly darkness, awaking, like him, to the preposterous truth that all really depended on their actions; and far away in time Horatius stood on the bridge, and Constantine settled in his mind whether he would or would not embrace the new religion, and Eve herself stood looking upon the forbidden fruit and the Heaven of Heavens waited for her decision. He writhed and ground his teeth, but could not help seeing. Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices. And if something, who could set bounds to it? A stone may determine the course of a river. He was that stone at this horrible moment which had become the centre of the whole universe. The eldila of all worlds, the sinless organisms of everlasting, light, were silent in Deep Heaven to see what Elwin Ransom of Cambridge would do.

and, this from Q’s Art of Reading:

. . . ‘Tis God gives skill,
But not without men’s hands; He could not make
Antonio Stradivari’s violin
Without Antonio. ~ George Eliot, “Stradivarius”

Together, they brought this to mind:

. . . who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? ~ Esther 4:14, KJV

and this:

O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LordNow therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. ~ Exodus 4:10-12, KJV


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