Month: April 2016

#ryle

If men do NOTHING in their religion it is because they DO NOT BELIEVE.

“Come’on Brian.”

“Brian is certainly guilty, but I wonder what edification you get out of reading his ‘writing’? …Perhaps this is a moment where/when you ought to take a hard – long – look at your stinking, festering, wounds which pock your soul b/c of your own personal wretchedness TYLER!”

#BelievingInAnUnseenJesusIsTheChurch’sStrength

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#transformingourdesires

Haven left her wee water bottle on the picnic table. When we got to the car I sent Phinehas back to fetch the WWB. Haven desired to personally fetch her WWB (as opposed to the scenario already put in motion wherein Phinehas was well-on-his-way to procure the WWB). Haven – having already taken her seat in the 1999 VW automobile – unbuckled her seat belt and began to bolt back to the picnic table to autonomously retrieve her WWB) declaring her independent intentions as she proceeded un-ordered & utterly on her own to carry out her heart’s desires. I commanded her to halt and re-situate herself in the car, instructing her to assume a posture of patient waiting. Her reaction to this was complete emotional collapse and paralyzing paroxysm.

Later that day Haven attempted to justify her frenzied behavior by simply saying, “But I WANTED to get my own WWB!” Upon hearing this excuse I informed Haven that when daddy gives a command – trusting and obeying the command becomes what she WANTS.

I now quote – at length – John H. Sammis‘ [1846-1919] hymn Trust & Obey – – – >

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

 

#ridingonanass

[Jesus’ riding on a colt on Palm Sunday] would have been a ridiculous display, if it had not been in accordance with the prediction of Zechariah, (ix. 9.) In order to lay claim to the honours of royalty, he enters Jerusalem, riding on an ass. A magnificent display, truly! more especially when the ass was borrowed from some person, and when the want of a saddle and of accountrements compelled the disciples to throw their garments on it, which was a mark of mean and disgraceful property. He is attended, I admit, by a large retinue; but of what sort of people? Of those who had hastily assembled from the neighbouring villages. Sounds of loud and joyful welcome are heard; but from whom? From the very poorest, and from those who belong to the despised multitude. One might think, therefore, that he intentionally exposed himself to the ridicule of all. But as he had two things to do at the same time, — as he had to exhibit some proof of his kingdom, and to show that it does not resemble earthly kingdoms, and does not consist of the fading riches of this world, it was altogether necessary for him to take this method.

John Calvin, Harmony of the Evangelists

#thinkofwhat’sabove

On this Easter morning, St. Paul exhorts us, “Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” In the midst of this life that at every moment is being pulled by time from our grasp, Paul tells us to open our hands, to let go of the things we love in this life. But he tells us this not because this life is unimportant, not because the things we love are not worthy of our love, but because the only way we can keep them is by releasing them into the eternity of love that is God, the eternity of love that explodes into our world in the resurrection of Jesus. This is what Easter hope is all about. The empty tomb of Christ is the doorway into the still point of eternity in which all time is gathered and redeemed.

from an uncommonly beautiful Easter homily by the Catholic theologian Fritz Bauerschmidt