I have been reading a lot of C.S. Lewis this year. I always loved the Chronicles, and the Screwtape Letters, but I am amazed at his understanding of our relationship with God, and each other. Here is one of my favorite passages:
"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nighmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations....There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours....Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses." C. S.Lewis , "The Weight of Glory"
I wish I could remember this every minute of my life! Especially when I am tired, out of patience, and my children want one more drink of water, or one more spread of the blankie, or "she is copying me"!!! I am afraid I don't treat them with much reverence at that point...I am too busy trying not to kill them! But I guess just not killing them is not enough, I must not WANT to kill them! :) Perhaps reverence will come with the next forty years of experience!