Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li

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The Book of Job

I was really, really tired last night, and it felt so good to just sit and watch Cardcaptor Sakura with Jet at home. But, at 6:30, we stopped watching and I took him over to the neighbor's house and I dragged myself to the church for my Bible class.

I did it because it was the book of Job.

I've always loved the book of Job. All the contradictions, the arguments, the ignoring each other process of arguing, the young speaking more wisdom than the old, and finally the beautiful passage of God side-stepping Job's original questions and asking a few of his own. I've never seen it as just an example of God gaming with people's lives, and it was cool to realize that the beginning and ending were written at a different time than the poetry of the central stuff. I've loved that the friends that constantly say Job had to have done something wrong because he's afflicted have to have Job intercede for their transgressions with God, because what they've said was far more sinful than anything Job said or did.

I loved it as a direct refutation of all those people who say, "XYZ had it coming to them, because they did OPQ."

But there's more! *laughter* The class was really fun as I got to see a lot more in the book than I would have, normally, and there were some excellent quotes from the editor of the Good News Bible. I've always had a problem that when someone comes to me with a story of affliction I want to FIX it. Or, more insidiously, fix the *person*. Guilty, me. But now I really see why it's something that is really not useful. And, perhaps, the Book of Job is about just being there, listening, not judging or fixing, but just letting someone know that the relationship is there. As God lets Job see him right there and just interacts with him.

There are other interpretations, too.

And I just am ridiculously in love with the various bits of language throughout.

I'll admit, that this time through, Job's emphasis on needing and just wanting compassion rather than anything else really hit home.

What was really interesting was that I spent a chunk of today reading Tsubasa and there's this point where Syaoran-kun learns a lot about Kurogane-san's really painful past, and Kurogane-san tells Syaoran-kun that just because he knows it doesn't mean he has to carry the weight of Kurogane-san's wounds. And I was like, "Aaaaahhhh!!! NOW I get it."

It all mixes together. Gonna be interesting compost to grow my stories from...
Tags: bible, manga
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