Every once in a while, I come across a work of fiction that becomes a source not only of reading pleasure, but of unforgettable characters and wonderful gems of wisdom and insight. One such character is Father Tim, author Jan Karon's central figure in her "Mitford Years" series. Father Tim is a lovable Episcopal pastor who is a wise, gentle, caring man. The following quote is from "At Home in Mitford", the first book in the series. If you haven't already become acquainted with these books, please do yourself a favor and add them to your summer reading. I revisit Mitford every so often and am always glad to be turning the pages there.
"He had just come from the hospital, where he had put his arms around a very ill patient, doing for someone else what God had so often done for him."