on prayer | 16

"She said, 'The best things that happen I'd never had thought to pray for. In a million years. The worst things just come like the weather. You do what you can.'

He said, 'Family is a prayer. Wife is a prayer. Marriage is a prayer.'

'Baptism is a prayer.'

'No,' he said, 'Baptism is what I'd call a fact.'

'Because you can't just wash it off.'

He laughed. 'Nope. Not with all the water in the West Nishnabotna.'"

(Marilynne Robinson, Lila)

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