26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
“Oh you’re from Atlanta? So was my ex-wife. You’re in law school? My cousin has had some trouble with the law. Just got a misdemeanor possession charge. You like the snow? Yeah, I thought the weather here was bad too - until those two summers in Vietnam.”
The stories here are always a little bit sad. Chock full of regret and struggle and history. But they are not told that way. I have been ashamed to find myself leaning back in my chair hysterical over stories of pain told with matter-of-fact humor. No one in Boston claims that life is easy and glamorous. But they only want my ear, if I’m lucky. Never my pity.
—Josie Duffy, Seven Mondays After the Marathon: On Leaving Boston