Love for the Chaff

This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.The first prompt about the differences in kinds of love explored within the novel is really interesting. It seems as though Eros flows through the boys easily and naturally. This is also true of Gabriel. John and Elisha wrestle and feel something, something that is a sin in their eyes. Elisha’s first reaction is that they can use this to prevent themselves from sinning in the eyes of God. Eros also comes easy for Gabriel. In his night spent with the sex-worker, he succumbs easily to the natural sensation of lust. But unlike his child, he is not able to find Agape with the Lord. John asks God for his love and feels as though he has found it. However, Gabriel struggles to find the will to ask for it. Agape seems to be harder to come by and often arises from a place of sadness as evidenced by the somber song sung. Often, it is not offered but asked for.
Prompt seven forced me to google the word threshing. Threshing, specifically when done with a floor is the act of having donkeys or bulls walking in a circle grinding grain until it flakes away and is left on the threshing floor. From there, a fan or fork is used to move the lighter, useless pieces of the grain from the floor. Next the farmer waits for the wind to reveal the meat of the crop. When Elisha falls to the floor, he is becoming the grain. A heavy, valuable piece that the Lord has chosen as useful. The song and words function as the wind and act of threshing. It has taken him down to only the essential aspect of him as a person, his faith and love.

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