For me, the power of John Graves’ writing is that he “knows what you’re talking about.” He has traveled the river and lived on the land in our part of Texas. His observations ring true. And his reflections enlighten and inspire.
Whether we’re living or dying, we all need someone who knows what we’re talking about – someone who understands. Only a listener who has been there and lived through it will do. To have such a friend is a priceless treasure. To be such a friend to another human being is a high calling, indeed.
The good news of the Christian faith is that in Jesus of Nazareth “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). That is to say that God lived in our world and, therefore, knows what we’re talking about. And He is there to listen and take our hand in life and death!
John Paul Carter’s “Notes From the Journey” is a regular feature of Viewpoints.