Norman MacLean’s Father on Creation

In A River Runs Through it, Norman MacLean’s Father, a Presbyterian Minister, is sitting on the bank of the river, reading the Gospel of John while his sons are fishing. When Norman comes over to where he is sitting, the father pensively remarks: “In the part I was reading, it says the Word was in the beginning…I used to think water was first, but if you listen carefully you will hear that the words are underneath the water.”

Quoted in Ken Gire, Winter’s Promise, Harvest House Publishers.

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