Nicholas Wolterstorff quotes

  • I Shall Look At The World Through Tears. Perhaps I Shall See Things That, Dry-Eyed, I Could Not See
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Tears #World #Dry

  • God is not only the God of the sufferers but the God who suffers. ... It is said of God that no one can behold his face and live. I always thought this meant that no one could see his splendor and live. A friend said perhaps it meant that no one could see his sorrow and live. Or perhaps his sorrow is splendor. ... Instead of explaining our suffering God shares it.
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Suffering #Sorrow #Faces

  • How is faith to endure, O God, when you allow all this scraping and tearing on us? You have allowed rivers of blood to flow, mountains of suffering to pile up, sobs to become humanity's song--all without lifting a finger that we could see. You have allowed bonds of love beyond number to be painfully snapped. If you have not abandoned us, explain yourself.We strain to hear. But instead of hearing an answer we catch sight of God himself scraped and torn. Through our tears we see the tears of God.
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Song #Love Is #Blood

  • The tears of God are the meaning of history
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Tears

  • Choice is always performed against a background of habit.
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Choices #Habit #Backgrounds

  • Faith is a footbridge that you don't know will hold you up over the chasm until you're forced to walk out onto it.
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Walks #Chasms

  • We strain to hear. But instead of hearing an answer we catch sight of God himself scraped and torn. Through our tears we see the tears of God
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Sight #Tears #Answers

  • In the valley of suffering, despair and bitterness are brewed. But there also character is made. The valley of suffering is the vale of soul-making.
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Character #Soul #Suffering

  • The very freedom and expressiveness we find missing in life we find present in art.
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Art #Missing

  • And what of regrets? I shall live with them. I shall accept my regrets as part of my life, to be numbered among my self-inflicted wounds. But I will not endlessly gaze at them. I shall allow the memories to prod me into doing better with those still living. And I shall allow them to sharpen the vision and intensify the hope for that Great Day coming when we can all throw ourselves into each other's arms and say, "I'm sorry."
    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff

    #Sorry #Memories #Regret