Running to the Woods

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Running to the Woods: On Grace and Grief

Rev. Caitlin Cotter

Our wayside pulpit today bears a quote from one of our Unitarian ancestors, Henry David Thoreau.
The quote reads: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
It’s a bit ironic that I chose that quote for the sign this week, because as a young college student I had immense disdain for Thoreau.
In my mind he was just a little ridiculous.
Here was a young man, a Harvard Graduate, from a well to do pencil-making family, who had gone to a pond called Walden to do an experiment of self-sufficiency — what we’d now call going “off the grid.”
Yet he had only really moved to the edge of town, his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson supported him financially, and in fact lent him the land he built his cabin on, and his mother did his laundry the entire time he was living in that little cabin…

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