Paths Leading Home

Today one of my favorite authors died. Elisabeth Elliot’s words had a profound impact on me as a young girl and helped shape my thinking, especially on the topics of loneliness and patience. Her no nonsense writing style and constant encouragement to avoid self-pity were an inspiration to me.

These are hard words but I’ve probably read them hundreds of times:

I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.

She often wrote about the difficult subjects. Another quote from her writing that I love:

Taken in a spirit of trust, even loneliness contributes to the maturing of character, even the endurance of separation and silence and that hardest thing of all, uncertainty, can build in us a steady hope.

Christianity Today re-published one of her articles from 1976 in honor of her death. The Ones Who Are Left is a piece she wrote about dealing with grief and emptiness after the death of someone you love. There are so many quotables and gems in there, and I recommend bookmarking it for later.

Best wishes in your new life, Elisabeth Elliot! Thank you for helping me live mine.

It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.

― Elisabeth Elliot

One comment

  1. I remember you well-worn copy of Passion and Purity consistently sitting in easily available places in our apartments. Friend, this is a wonderful tribute.

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