If you are so led...please leave your remarks in the comment section of each post. I trust the Lord will speak through each of you what He wants the others to hear.
First thing that hit me...the Shakespeare quote at the start of the Prologue...
..."The prince of darkness is a gentleman."
* Isn't it the truth? The enemy of our souls hardly ever shows up as an ugly beast. Right? Not at first...at least. Whatever he has to offer is wrapped in paper that glitters.
Think back to a time in your own life when the prince of darkness attempted to entice you. Was he successful? Why was he able to succeed? If yes...why do you think? If no...why wasn't he?
* I was struck by Sarah's/Angel's discernment. As a child...she quickly works through the confusion she has about her "beautiful" birth father and comes to a place of heartbreaking realization. With her mother as well. With Cleo...with Merrick...with Rab...with Duke...it's as if she is given insightful eyes to see.
* "Sarah thought it was the most fearsome sound she had ever heard. The wind howled in the trees like a wild beast searching for warm-blooded prey, and when the door to the Four Winds opened, she heard loud laughter and men shouting. Sarah drew back sharply, not wanting to go inside."
After reading this passage....I thought to myself...the Lord is giving Sarah a glimpse behind the curtain. It is being drawn back for her. She is witnessing the heavenly realms...where spiritual battles are being waged.
Has there ever been a time in your life where the Lord has given you a very obvious RED FLAG? Where you feel as if you've been given eyes to see beyond the curtain?
* "Moonlight flowed over the flower garden and Sarah saw her mother kneeling in her thin white nightgown. She was ripping all the flowers out. handful by handful, she yanked the plants up and flung them in all directions, weeping and talking to herself as she did. She picked up a knife and came to her feet. She went down again on her knees besides her beloved rose bushes. One after another, she cut the roots. Every last one of them."
What do you think Mae's garden represented? Why did she destroy it?
* And oh the heartbreak when Mae's earthly father fails her. When he fails Sarah. Personally, I feel as if Mae's mother should have done more. I'm wondering now if I'm awfully rebellious? I would absolutely struggle with submissiveness in an instance like this.
* At the end of Chapter One Angel says, "I don't look back, and I don't look forward." "Now doesn't exist."
Have you ever been in this place? Numb? Merely surviving. Alive but not really.
* At the end of Chapter Two Michael Hosea is faced with something that makes no earthly sense at all.
"Lord, " he said heavily. " Lord, this isn't exactly what I had in mind." But he knew he was going to marry that girl anyway.
Think back to a time when the Lord impressed something upon your heart that seemed ridiculous at the time. Can you laugh about it now? Does it make you cry? Did it grow your faith? Convince you of His sovereignty? His goodness? His provision?
* The William Walsh quote that Chapter Three opens with kills me cuz I've experienced a thought like it.
"I can endure my own despair, but not another's hope."
Can you relate?
* And at the end of the chapter Angel more or less tells Michael that he wouldn't be able to handle the truth when she says... "Mister, five minutes and you'd run like the devil."
Have you ever felt like if others knew the full truth about you...the whole truth...the ugly truth...that they'd run? Does anybody know you? Really know you?
Let's read Chapters 4-10 and be ready to ponder with one another by next Friday...January 31st.