30 September 2012

Love v. love


William Morris wrote a poem called 'Love Is Enough' and someone is said to have reviewed it briefly in the words 'It isn't'.... The natural loves are not self-sufficient. Something else, at first vaguely described as 'decency and common sense', but later revealed as goodness, and finally as the whole Christian life in one particular relation, must come to the help of the mere feeling if the feeling is to be kept sweet.

To say this is not to belittle the natural loves but to indicate where their real glory lies.

It is no disparagement to a garden to say that it will not fence and weed itself, nor prune its own fruit trees, nor roll and cut its own lawns. A garden is a good thing but that is not the sort of goodness it has. It will remain a garden, as distinct from a wilderness, only if someone does all these things to it. Its real glory is of quite a different kind. The very fact that it needs constant weeding and pruning bears witness to that glory.

It teems with life. It glows with colour and smells like heaven. and puts forward at every hour of a summer day beauties which man could never have created and could not even, on his own resources, have imagined. If you want to see the difference between its contribution and the gardener's, put the commonest weed it grows side by side with his hoes, rakes, shears, and packet of weed killer; you have put beauty, energy and fecundity beside dead, sterile things. [Likewise] our 'decency and common sense' show grey and deathlike beside the geniality of love.

- CS Lewis

19 September 2012

Welcome Home!


“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. 
Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love.”
 – Jesus Christ (John 15:9-10, The Message)

Love, thou art best of human joys,
Our chiefest happiness below;
 All other pleasure are but toys,
 Music without Thee is but noise,
And beauty but an empty show.

Heaven, who knew best what man would move,
And raise his thoughts above the brute;
Said, Let him be and let him love;
 That must alone his soul improve,
Howe'er philosophers dispute.
  • Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

17 September 2012

With You


The Holy Spirit is in office on earth now—and all spiritual presence and divine communion of the Trinity with men are through Him.
While the Father and the Son are visibly and personally in heaven, they are invisibly here in the Body of the Church by the indwelling of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
Clearly, for man to be in one place means not to be in another. 
But, while this is a fact of life for us mortals, it is not true of God the Father, nor of the Son.
How reassuring it is to know that Christ is on earth now, and yet also in glory?
Yet Christ is both here and there at the same time--just as a thought which we embody in speech and send forth from the mind, yet remains in the mind as really and distinctly as before it was expressed. [A. J. Gordon, paraphrased]
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”
(Hebrews 13: 5 & 6)

02 September 2012

Reboot--Today


Every day is a day to consecrate yourself--and today is a new one.