Rest from the Despair of Sin

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Painting by Rembrandt: ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’

Be not in despair at every relapse, which the God of patience possesses patience enough to forgive and which a sinner might well have patience enough to be humbled under. Nay, fear nothing and despair not. He who says, “Come hither,” is with you on your way; from Him come help and forgiveness in the path of conversion which leads to Him; and with Him there is REST.

-from Training in Christianity by Søren Kierkegaard [emphasis added]

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4 thoughts on “Rest from the Despair of Sin

  1. Joey: I’m pleased that you’re finally reading the book I gave you on the occasion of your high school graduation. As a reader of Kierkegaard since college, take this advice from me: read this book VERY SLOWLY. Kierkegaard invites a meditative posture. His message does its work on a reader that is in a hurry. Dip in and out of the work, digesting small portions. Also, be sure to read the outstanding introduction to the volume I got you by Richard John Neuhaus. I look forward to hearing your impressions about Kierkegaard’s writing.

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  2. Joey: I’m pleased that you’re finally reading the book I gave you on the occasion of your high school graduation. As a reader of Kierkegaard since college, take this advice from me: read this book VERY SLOWLY. Kierkegaard invites a meditative posture. His message does its work on a reader that is not in a hurry. Dip in and out of the work, digesting small portions. Also, be sure to read the outstanding introduction to the volume I got you by Richard John Neuhaus. I look forward to hearing your impressions about Kierkegaard’s writing.

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    • Yes, I have begun the work. I will be reading it over my four week break. I do not plan to speed through it in any sense of the word. I will read the introduction once I have finished the work. I love his language!

      Thank you for gifting me with the book and for the advice to read it slowly!

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