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Topic: CLEAR AS MUD (07/18/19)
- TITLE: Loving Lies
By Linda Lawrence
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That morning my plan was to read one chapter at a time as an incentive and reward for finishing each task on my to-do list. At the end of the day, I looked forward to a satisfying sense of completing several procrastinated small jobs while also having the relaxing pleasure of reading a novel, from beginning to end, in one day.
The day went as planned. A phone call, a chapter. The kitchen mopped, a chapter. An email sent, a chapter. A drawer cleaned, a chapter.
The author, Jacqueline Winspear, made me love her honorable, passionate characters. I donâ€™t know what I expected from a book titled The Care and Management of Lies, but I did not expect it to leave me feeling so unsettled when I finally closed the covers of the book and pulled my own covers around me, ready to sink into satisfied sleep.
The book, set at the start of World War I, was full of yearning love, passion for pacifism, and zealous patriotism. Each character was sustained and strengthened by receiving and writing letters telling liesâ€”lies motivated by sacrificial love. Yet their acts seemed so Christlike.
But there were other lies, muddy lies, from influential, dishonorable, pharisaical characters, motivated by love of money and power. Those lies stirred up angry passion in meâ€”toward these charactersâ€”that are incongruent with my own pacifist convictions. I recognized the hypocrisy.
My heart and mind are muddled by a story that is clearly all about the beauty of selfless loveâ€”but demonstrated through carefully, lovingly crafted lies. Iâ€™m confused!
Jesus, the Way, the Truth, the Life, will you clarify these muddy waters for me? Help me to see Your truth, Your way of life. Tell me, is this moral story an example of love covering a multitude of sins? Or, is it an example of the father of lies' determination to deceive and destroy? I truly do not know.
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