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The Word Became Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

“The word became flesh,” John writes, “and dwelt among us.” Flesh: nothing romantic or idealized here. This is the sagging, wrinkling, discolored, splotched, weak, limited, smelly stuff which we are. Flesh, bodies: wholly ordinary, corruptible, and unsatisfying. So much of what we do is an attempt to circumvent or decrease the limitations and degradation of our flesh, especially over time. Glory, we are sure, exists outside of these bodies. And that, of course, is true: When glory — “his glory,…

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Psalm 19

Psalm 19

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” David exults, “and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” I wonder what the sky looked like when David wrote this psalm. Was it late at night? Did a full moon illuminate the city of Jerusalem around him? Or did its slender curve of light suspend delicately in the sky? Does it matter? What if it had been a cloudy, gray day? David continues: “In them he has set a tent for the sun,…

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Evening Walk

Evening Walk

We walked tonight, us five. We left the house as the sun settled on the rooftops. The air, no longer warmed by the sun’s most intense heat, had cooled. I shivered slightly, and as I inhaled I caught the scent of a wood stove from a nearby house. I inhaled again, deeper this time, into my heart. The boys rushed ahead on their bikes, pleased with the freedom that two wheels and a long footpath gave them. We followed behind,…

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Everyday life

Everyday life

It’s just in the very corner of everyday life where God has put us, that this [death of the self] can take place, and the surrounding influences can have their share in bringing down to death the old nature. It is no mystical, imaginary world that draws out the latent forms of self, but the commonplace, matter-of-fact world around us. Lilias Trotter