Promise


Journal entry 10 June 1986 9:34 pm (excerpt)

In the particularity of a single human life, to find one friend— one soul with whom there is a relationship—is to find the promise of the possibility of all relationships.  It is no small thing in such a case to be unfaithful to that one friend, because in the particularity of life that one connectedness involves all faithfulness.  The fabric of the universe is torn asunder with the breaking of a promise…. because promise is all that we can be to each other, and there is no keeping of a promise apart from the renewing of promise.

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