Monthly Archives: January 2010

On John Woolman

Should we undertake such efforts whose effects may seem negligible, mere drops in the ocean? Woolman’s and my answer would be not only that we should, but also that we must if we believe that there is an operative presence of love at the heart of things. This is not the way of the world, but it is the way of the saints. To rephrase Woolman’s moving confession of faith I quoted earlier, “To say that we love this God of infinite love who is at work at the heart of things and yet fail to respond in whatever small way we can to the cries of the distressed or to the groans of the creationis a contradiction in itself.” Perhaps like Woolman, we will rest easy in the awareness that we “labor long, diving love attending.

Hinson, 36 (Weavings, Volume XXV Number 2).