"Perhaps we do not realize the problem, so to call it, of enabling finite free wills to co-exist with omnipotence.
It seems to involve at every moment almost a sort of divine abdication.”
C.S. Lewis, The World’s Last Night and Other Essays
How else could there be Christ in me, the hope of glory?
But could there ever be Christ in you, the hope of glory, because of Christ in me, the hope of glory, unless I also abdicate?
…I have a givenness to divine abdication.
"About noon the following day, Peter went up on the roof to pray." Acts 10:9
There’s room enough for two up on the roof.
(Just ask James Taylor.)
…I have a givenness to the noon swoon.
is my season
I feel alone.
As if the stone
from the head
of the tomb
in the doorframe
of my room,
I’ve ever loved
my able reach.
And each time
of this marble
they are not
Jill Alexander Essbaum, Easter
I believe in the resurrection of the dead. But I’m not yet dead and they are. And I am here and they are there.
For now. Only for now. That is the hope of easter.
It is only for now.
…I have a givenness to my season of defeat.
"Only one person survived. She survived because she was sitting in a basement in a basement reading through the story of her own life, checking for mistakes.
Previously, the room had been declared too shallow, but on that night, October 7, it was enough.
The rescuing hands pulled Liesel out and brushed the crumbs of rubble from her clothes. What they didn’t notice was that the girl was still holding the book.
She was still clutching the book.
She was holding desperately on to the words who had saved her life.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
I woke up this morning with one word in my head.
'Sediment?' No. I thought it was 'sediment.' But it wasn't. It was 'saidandmeant.' Yes. That was it. 'Saidandmeant.'
That’s what was in the tomb. It was saidiandmeant, wasn’t it. Saidandmeant was left in the bottom of the grave.
If the word became flesh, in Jesus Christ, then it was ‘saidandmeant.’
What is said, and what is meant, becomes sediment within me.
…I have a givenness to the saidandmeant.