He will not be without us

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The Maker
of heaven
and earth in His
overflowing love
will not be
without us.
He’s freely
come to us
in Jesus.

–T. F. Torrance

 

Image: “Nativity” by 
Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre

 

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Inventor of pleasure

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In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been at all.

— St. Augustine

Playful universe

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The universe is not
God at work but
God at play.

–Leonard Sweet
The Well Played Life

The overflow of grace

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Before all time; prior to all worlds; when there was nothing “outside of” God Himself; when the Father, Son, and Spirit found eternal, absolute, and unimaginable blessing, pleasure, and joy in Their holy triunity — it was Their agreed purpose to create a world. That world would fall. But in unison — and at infinitely great cost — this glorious triune God planned to bring you (if you are a believer) grace and salvation.

–Sinclair Ferguson

On our side

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The God of the universe
who made the stars
with a whisper of His breath,
who holds the oceans in His palm,
who fashioned redwood trees,
He is for us, on our side.

–Mary DeMuth

What is grass?

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What is the grass?
I guess it is the handkerchief
of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrance
designedly dropt,
Bearing the owner’s name
some way in the corner,
that we may see and remark,
and say Whose?

–Walt Whitman
(1819 – 1892)

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Living in a sacred world

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The world is not God, of course, but the incarnation goes all the way down, and the Spirit indwells all that exists. Nothing is without a witness to the divine; everything that exists praises the Creator . . .

God’s creation is a revelation
of divine presence.

This is the genius of Christian theology: It radically reconfigures the human conception of the sacred. Nothing is inherently “profane.” It may be profaned by sin; but it is inherently an arena of divine activity and spiritual insight. The locus and focus of biblical theology is the world, not the heavens.

–Leonard Sweet

The wild wonder of God’s love

What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing.

To believe that this Creator
took on human vesture,
accepted death and mortality,
was tempted, betrayed, broken,
and all for love of us,
defies reason.

It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn.

–Madeleine L’Engle

Rumors of another world

I began to listen to my own longings as rumours of another world, a bright clue to the nature of the Creator. Somehow I had fallen for the deception of judging the natural world as unspiritual and God as antipleasure.

But God invented matter, after all,
including all the sensors in the body
through which I experience pleasure.

Nature and supernature are not two separate worlds, but different expressions of the same reality.

–Philip Yancey

Made to be “spectators”

Every human being is
“formed to be a spectator
of the created world – and given eyes
that he might be led to its Author
by contemplating so beautiful
a representation.”

–John Calvin (1509 – 1564)
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To be enjoyed

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God
who has endowed us with waterfalls, sunsets,
rainbows, laughter, music, friendship,
strawberries and forests has intended us
to neglect their enjoyment.

–adapted with apologies to
Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)

 

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