the glory that shall rise out of patient and triumphant suffering

From The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke: "'And remember, my son,' said he, fixing his deep-set eyes upon the face of Artaban, 'the King whom you are seeking is not to be found in a palace, nor among the rich and powerful. If the light of the world and the... Continue Reading →

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not a god has wounds, but thou

  Jesus of the Scars by Edward Shillito (1872 – 1948) If we have never sought, we seek Thee now; Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars; We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow, We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars. The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;... Continue Reading →

We see the universe marvelously arranged

  Albert Einstein, quoted here: "We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious... Continue Reading →

seeing at their feet the Deity made weak

Augustine, Confessions: "For Thy Word, the eternal Truth, far exalted above even the higher parts of Thy creation, lifts his subjects up toward himself. But in this lower world, he built for himself a humble habitation of our own clay, so that he might pull down from themselves and win over to himself those whom... Continue Reading →

confronting suffering

From Christian Wiman's 2007 essay, Gazing into the Abyss about his return to God, partly through his diagnosis with terminal cancer: "I was not wrong all those years to believe that suffering is at the very center of our existence, and that there can be no untranquilized life that does not fully confront this fact. The... Continue Reading →

The mystery of virture

Alan Jacobs, in his book Shaming the Devil - Essays in Truthtelling: I want to suggest...that we (and I mean here especially we Christians) need to explore the mystery of virtue as well as the mystery of iniquity, to press our audiences to see the strangeness of goodness, the extraordinary unexpectedness of love and grace...... Continue Reading →

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