Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dedication for its own sake

You know, I really like this:

I will try not to panic, to keep my standard of living modest and to work steadily, even shyly, in the spirit of those medieval carvers who so fondly sculpted the undersides of choir seats.

John Updike quoted in Life magazine

Even though it may not seem so at first glance, I think this is a profoundly religious statement. Let me know what you think.
* Misericords were set on the underside of the hinged seats in the choirs of churches. They had no religious function but gave some support to the monks and clergy in the long parts of the services when standing was required. This explains the name 'misericord', which comes from the Latin for mercy. The decoration was often amusing and sometimes moral.


  1. I agree Ellie....the first thing that came to mind was the life of Joseph, another quiet 'carver'. It speaks of humility, of perserverance, of faithful service. God sees our efforts, God knows our hearts. Sometimes being in the background as a quiet support is the most peace-filled place to be. Jesus will call you to the place of honor....isn't that what he promised???

    Thanks Ellie for the beautiful blog!

  2. You know, I didn't think of Joseph in this regard but you're so right, Andie.

    Thanks for connecting those dots!


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