we are not out of the woods

…but we have been thrown a lifeline. As Charles Dickens* said, “There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth,” and “there are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

William Wordsworth described faith as a passionate intuition: the art of holding on to the things that your reason once accepted in spite of your changing moods (CS Lewis) or circumstances, a lifeline that helps us to take the next step even if we cannot see the whole way forward.

* Today is the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birthday.

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