These are our few live seasons. Let us live them as purely as we can, in the present.
― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Eleanor of Aquitane and her son, Richard the Lion-Hearted fought the Turks for Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades which occurred from 1095 to 1291.
During the Hundred Year's War, Joan of Arc and King Charles VII led the French to defeat England at the Battle of Orleans. In the late 1340's, fleas on rats carried the plague which killed one out of three Europeans. (Classical Conversations)
Romans went to the Colosseum to see bloody sports- sports where people and animals died terrible deaths. Crowds cheered as they watched staged battles. In one battle alone, 10,000 people are said to have died! People also watched as gladiators fought one another or wild animals. (Ancient Rome and Pompeii, Mary Pope Osborne)
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Rev.21I go for a jog and I can run with my eyes to the ground, and leaves have fallen and everywhere there is falling and decay and death and meaningless meaningless.
Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: "Can I believe it all again today?" No, better still, don't ask it till after you've read The New York Times, till after you've studied that daily record of the world's brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer's always Yes, then you probably don't know what believing means. At least five times out of ten the answer should be No because the No is as important as the Yes, maybe more so. The No is what proves you're human in case you should ever doubt it. And then if some morning the answer happens to be really Yes, it should be a Yes that's choked with confession and tears and. . . great laughter.” -Frederick Buechner
Our idea of what a human being is has grown oppressively small and dull,” she continues in When I Was a Child, and proposes an alternative anthropology: “What if we were to say that human beings are created in the image of God?”
Calvin writes in the Institutes that man’s creation in the image of God establishes a duty of unlimited love: “The image of God, by which he is recommended to you,” he writes, “deserves your surrender of yourself and all that you possess.” The social consequences, Robinson believes, are clear: an “unqualified requirement of generosity” that is repeated again and again in the Christian tradition: in Deuteronomy, the Gospel, Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards.
"Thus, when you wake up in the morning, called by God to be a self again, if you want to know who you are, watch your feet. Because where your feet take you, that is who you are.". . . where your feet take you. There is something liberating about this, if only I could learn how to trust it.
By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear. . . . By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household. . . . By faith Abraham . . . went out, not knowing where he would go. . .. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive even when she was past the age. . . . These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
The ark is wherever people come together because this is a stormy world where nothing stays put for long among the crazy waves and where at the end of every voyage there is a burial at sea. The ark is where, just because it is such a world, we really need each other and know very well that we do. . . . The ark, in other words, is where we have each other and where we have hope.-Frederick Buechner
Deconstruction is necessary work, but today I'm praising God for the ones who build out of the brokenness with hope. Once again, my own hope for the Church has been renewed this week. There are good, humble, genuine people in our weird patchwork communities all over the world. I was reduced to tears by leaders who bowed low in humility, made changes, & boldly followed the Holy Spirit. Incredible to witness, truly. If you haven't experienced the goodness of God's family yet, take heart. We're all out here, I promise, making space for God, loving well, living into the Kingdom. There's room for you.