I liked his allegory or fable or story or whatever you want to call it, but I'll let you read it for yourself. The one line I want to remember, and it's near the very end of the book when he's talking about the dimension of time, is this: "The Lord said we were gods**. How long could ye bear to look (without Time's lens) on the greatness of your own soul?"
Isn't that a wonderful thought to ponder? Maybe not the "bear to look at" part, but the "greatness of your own soul" part. It's something I need to do more often.
|Imagine her eternal possibilities and potential! It's the same for us.|
* I remembered because I came across it again; it was in the notes of Elder Renlund's last conference talk on repentance, where he quoted the same line Sister Kapp did below.
** Psalms 82:6 - "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High."
The Great Divorce is quoted, among many others, in the following talks and speeches:
Education: Molding Character by Elder Backman in 1991
with an oft-quoted sentence: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done’.”
Please Forgive Me by Sister Kapp in 1976
with another oft-quoted sentence: “A wrong sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point.”
Come Joyfully and Partake of the Gospel Feast by Sister Brown in 2004
with the following summary: